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Macbeth Glossary

Was the hope drunk/Wherein you dress'd yourself? (1.7.39-40)

1. To paraphrase Lady Macbeth: "Was the hope you shrouded yourself in drunk? Has it been sleeping since? Does it wake up now, hung over, to look shamefully at what it did when intoxicated?"

2. This clash of two metaphors ('hope' being a person and clothing at the same time) does not stand alone adequately unless you read it as a continuation of the clothing imagery seen in the preceding passage:

Macbeth. I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon. (1.7.32-5)
(See E. A. Abbott, A Shakespearian Grammer, p.438)

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