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Quotation by Shakespeare
Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray's
In deepest consequence.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Banquo, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 123-6.
The witches are the "instruments of darkness," or agents of evil; "in deepest consequence" means in matters of greatest importance.
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