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Macbeth Glossary

Your servants ever...your own (1.6.31-4)

Your servants ever
Have theirs, themselves and what is theirs, in compt
To make their audit at your highness' pleasure.
Still to return your own. (1.6.27-9)

To paraphrase Lady Macbeth: "Your eternal servants (my husband and I) and our servants and everything in our accounts (in compt) await your examination (audit) whenever your highness feels it is appropriate. We are ready to return what is yours." Note that as Duncan's vassal, Macbeth would not truly own any of his possessions, as everything in the realm belonged to the king.

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