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"This castle hath a pleaseant seat; the air
Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself
Unto out gentle senses.
          This guest of summer,
The temple-haunting martlet, does approve
By his lov'd mansionary that the heaven's breath
Smells wooingly here: no jutty frieze,
Buttress,nor coign of vantage, but this bird
Hath made his dpendent bed and procreant cradle:
Where they most breed and haunt, I have observ'd
The air is delicate." I, v, 1-10.

In this passage, Duncan talks of how the castle has a pleasant seat, meaning the setting, while it seems he talks about a place, as in a chair.  He uses this because it is Summer, and the air around the castle is so pleasant.  It seems as if the castle is just sitting there, calmly, like a child laying on the grass looking up at clouds.

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"In time we hate that which we often fear." W. Shakespeare.

Cristen Kleindienst, English 11, Block A2, Mr. Brisebois, May 2005.