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2LYTEMNESTRA Zeus! What now? may still I name this excellent news? Or a nightmare minimize to my very own virtue? there's something gruesome in having my very own evils store my existence. ' outdated guy W h y are y o u so disheartened at this information, m y girl? :LYTEMNESTRA to offer start is bad, incomprehensible. irrespective of the way you endure, you can't hate a baby you could have born. seventy nine 1040 ELEC T RA [769-794] previous guy M y c o m i n g was once futile then, it kind of feels. CLYTEMNESTRA Futile? O h no. H o w — if you've got c o m e with convincing evidence of his loss of life? H e was once alive simply because I gave h i m existence. yet h e selected to abandon m y breasts and my care, to reside as an exile, aloof and weird. After h e left h e r e h e by no means observed m e . yet h e laid opposed to m e the dying of his father, he made bad threats. and that i had no preserve in sleep by means of evening or sleep via day: T i m e stood like a deathmaster over me, letting the mins drop. Now i'm unfastened! at the present time I shake unfastened from my worry of her, my worry of him. And to inform you the reality, she did extra harm. She lived in my apartment and drank my lifeblood neat! Now issues are diverse. She may fit on making threats —but so what? any longer, I cross my days in peace. ELECTRA O I M O I TALAINA. Now i've got grief sufficient to cry out O I M O I — Orestes! bad chilly factor. As you lie in dying your individual m o t h e r insults you. W h a t a great sight! CLYTEMNESTRA good you are no advantageous sight. yet he seems to be as high quality as may be. ELECTRA Nemesis! pay attention her! CLYTEMNESTRA Nemesis has heard me. and he or she has replied. ELECTRA Batter away. this is often your hour of good fortune. eighty 1050 1060 1070 E L EC T R A [795-820] CLYTEMNESTRA and also you imagine you'll cease m e , you a n d Orestes? ioso ELECTRA it truly is we w h o are stopped. there is n o preventing you. CLYTEMNESTRA Stranger, you deserve present if you happen to relatively have p u t a cease o n h e r touring tongue. outdated guy T h e n i'm going to b e on m y method, if all is easily. CLYTEMNESTRA in no way! you've gotten earned best of m e and the m a n w h o dispatched you. No, you pass within. simply depart her out the following to head on along with her evil litany. go out CLYTEMNESTRA and O L D guy into ELECTRA good h o w did she glance to you —shattered by means of grief? Heartbroken mom bewailing h e r in simple terms son? N o —you observed her —she went off giggling! zero TALAIN'EGO. Orestes cherished, as you die you spoil me. you will have torn away the a part of my brain the place desire was once — my one wish in you to dwell, again, to avenge us. N o w the place c a n i am going? on my own I a m . Bereft of you. Bereft of dad. may still i am going again into slavery? again to these creatures w h o c u t down m y father? What a good photograph. No. 1 won't return within that condominium. No. At this door i'm going to allow myself lie unloved. i'll wither my existence. If it aggravates them, eighty one condo 1090 1100 1110 ELECTRA [820-845] they could kill me. convinced it will likely be a grace if I die. To exist is ache. lifestyles is not any hope of mine anymore. refrain the place are you lightnings of Zeus! the place are you hot solar! In those darkish pits you permit us darkish! strophe 1 1120 ELECTRA E E AIA1. refrain baby, why do you cry? ELECTRA PHEU. refrain do not make that sound.