The conversation between the old man and ross reveals how the world has been reacting to duncan. Rocco ushers an older italian, bundled up against the cold and wet of his boatride, to michael. It probably takes place in the late morning of the day following the murder of duncan. The man shows respect to michael, who quickly indicates that neri should get him a drink. S brief report of the decision of the council of nobles as to the agents and instigators of the murder, and of the election of macbeth.