From maybe the best of the traditional Greek playwrights comes this choice of performs, together with Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia one of the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women, and The Cyclops.
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ORESTES: [turning away] Please, sufficient! not more wondering. IPHIGENIA: yet one more: is she alive, his spouse? the unlucky guy! ORESTES: She isn't: exterminated via her son, so long gone. IPHIGENIA: What an unsatisfied kinfolk! . . . And the rationale? ORESTES: To punish her for murdering his father. IPHIGENIA: What horror! yet justified—his act of vengeance. ORESTES: Justified, however the gods are difficult on him. IPHIGENIA: Did Agamemnon go away the other little ones? ORESTES: convinced, he left a unmarried girl—Electra. IPHIGENIA: Are you definite? Isn’t there speak of 1 that was once sacrificed? ORESTES: No, other than to assert that she’s useless and long gone. IPHIGENIA: terrible baby! What a wretched father—ready to kill! ORESTES: Wretched and depraved to kill, and for a depraved lady. IPHIGENIA: Is he alive, in Argos, the son of the murdered father? ORESTES: He lives a vagabond life—here, there, and all over the place. IPHIGENIA: goals, desires, so long! You have been all a lie. ORESTES: [overhearing] And so are the gods—no greater than desires on wings, and but they are saying so clever! Confusion reigns one of the deities simply because it does between us mortals. the one factor one may still remorse is being ruined no longer by way of one’s personal folly yet by means of following a few crackpot prophecy: a wreck that precisely occurred to an individual whom these within the understand be aware of. chief: And what folks unsatisfied creatures? Are our mom and dad alive or lifeless? Who can inform? [IPHIGENIA attracts ORESTES clear of PYLADES, conspiratorially] IPHIGENIA: pay attention, i've got an concept, as compatible to you because it is to me . . . and it usually is helping if we pull jointly. may you be prepared if I spared your existence to return to Argos with a letter for my buddies? It was once written for me via a prisoner the following who felt sorry for me simply because i used to be no murderess and realizing that he died via the fastened legislation of the goddess, who deemed it correct. There’s been nobody the following to take this message ahead of to at least one of my buddies in Argos, yet you're a gentleman and also you understand Mycenae in addition to the ideal humans there. So, retailer your self and luxuriate in the present. This piece of writing is a trifle in comparison to your salvation. Your pal, I’m afraid, due to the legislations needs to remain and be provided as much as the goddess on his personal. ORESTES: a superb notion, unusual girl, all yet for a unmarried aspect: the slaughter of my buddy right here— that I don’t in the slightest degree like. i'm the captain of my send of issues; he got here on board simply to support me. it might be unthinkable for me to flee catastrophe through unloading it directly to him. Let’s do it differently: supply the letter to him to take to Argos, simply as you wanted, whereas I undergo the sacrificial stroke. for somebody to save lots of himself from smash via substituting a chum to slay is past contempt. This guy occurs to be my good friend. i need for him at the very least for myself the sunshine of day. IPHIGENIA: Oh bless your noble center, the clearest evidence of a noble seed and truest friendship to a chum! may well my one surviving brother be such as you; for, sure, I too, you strangers, have a brother, notwithstanding by no means do I see him. [Glancing at PYLADES, who has rejoined them] good, as you would like, we’ll ship him with the letter, and you—you die .