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Macbeth Glossary

Faith, here's an equivocator...to heaven (2.3.9-12)

Faith, hereís an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale; who committed treason enough for Godís sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator. (Porter)(3.2.9-12).

The equivocator is the second damned soul the Porter encounters as he imagines what it would be like to be hell's gatekeeper. This passage is an allusion to a very significant event in the life of Shakespeare. Click here to find out why the Porter meets an equivocator.

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