Ross, Macduff, and an old man discuss the recent goings-on in Scotland. They all agree that something awful is afoot. Macduff tells them that rumor has it Malcolm and Donalbain were the ones who hired the servants to kill Duncan. Everyone suspects them because they fled Scotland so quickly after the king died. He also tells them the latest news: Macbeth is king. But Macduff is not too keen on attending his coronation.