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Macbeth Glossary

thrice and once (4.1.2)

"As even numbers were considered inappropriate to magical operations, the Second Witch makes the fourth cry of the hedge-pig an odd number, by her method of counting. She tells three and then begins a new reckoning" (Muskett, 67).

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Muskett, C. Macbeth Restored. Harvard College Library, 1853.

Muskett's book is in the public domain and can be downloaded on Google books.

How to cite this article:

Mabillard, Amanda. Macbeth Glossary. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. (date when you accessed the information) < >.

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