‘This is close enough,’ said Malcolm. ‘ Throw down your branches and reveal yourselves.’ He called Siward to him. ‘You’ll lead the first onslaught, Uncle – you and your noble son. We and worthy Macduff will follow up, as planned.’
‘Right,’ said Siward. ‘ If we engage with the tyrant’s troops tonight, let us be beaten if we don’t fight to the death.’
‘Sound the trumpets!’ cried Macduff.