Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: P.B. 580 : 1e dr. (dl. II)
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oxen , and horses, and materials, to this laborious work,
was one called Macduff, the Thane of Fife. Macbeth was
afraid of this thane, for he was very powerful, and was
accounted both brave and wise; and Macbeth thought he
would most probably join with Prince Malcolm, if ever
he should come from England with an army. The King,
therefore, had a private hatred against the Thane of Fife,
which he kept concealed from all men, until he should
have some opportunity of putting him to death as he had
done Duncan and Banquo. Macduff, on his part, kept
upon his guard, and went to the King's court as seldom
as he could, thinking himself never safe unless in his
own castle of Kennoway, which is on the coast of Fife,
near to the mouth of the Frith of Forth. It happened ,
however, that the King had summoned several of his
nobles, and Macduff, the Thane of Fife, amongst others,
to attend him at his new castle of Dunsinane; and they
were all obliged to come, none dared stay behind. Now,
the King was to give the nobles a great entertainment,
and preparations were made for it. In the meantime,
Macbeth rode out with a few attendants, to see the oxen
drag the wood and the stones up the hill, for enlarging
and strengthening the castle. So they saw most of the
oxen trudging up the hill with great difficulty, for the
ascent is very steep, and the burdens were heavy, and
the weather was extremely hot. At length Macbeth saw
a pair of oxen so tired that they could go no farther up
the hill, but fell down under their load. Then the King
was very angry, and demanded to know who it was
among his Thanes that had sent oxen so weak and so
unfit for labour, when he had so much work for them to
do. Some one replied that the oxen belonged to Macduff,
the Thane of Fife. »Then," said the King in great an-
ger, »since the Thane of Fife sends such worthless cattle