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By Euripides

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From maybe the best of the traditional Greek playwrights comes this number 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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ION: Who was once she? She can assist me to undergo with issues. CREUSA: She is the explanation I got here the following prior to my husband did. ION: So what's your query? i'm at your disposal, madam. CREUSA: i need to invite Apollo an oracle in deepest. ION: simply inform me, and go away the remainder to us. CREUSA: this is often my tale, hear . . . No, no, i'm ashamed. ION: Then not anything might be performed. disgrace is a hopeless deity. CREUSA: [with a pause to muster braveness] i've got a chum, and Phoebus lay together with her she says. ION: Phoebus seduced a lady? No, my pal, don’t inform me that. CREUSA: and he or she bore the god a toddler with out her father realizing. ION: It can't be. a few guy bought her into hassle and she’s ashamed. CREUSA: She insists, and what she went via was once pitiable. ION: How so, if her lover was once a god? CREUSA: however the child she bore she threw out from her domestic. ION: Threw out? Then where’s the newborn now—still alive? CREUSA: not anyone is familiar with. That’s what i would like to invite the oracle. ION: If he not exists, how did he perish? CREUSA: bad mite. Wild beasts killed him—or so she suspects. ION: What proof is there for that? CREUSA: She went to the spot she left him at and located him long gone. ION: have been there any drops of blood alongside the trail? CREUSA: None, she says, even though she scrutinized the floor. ION: How in the past was once the infant killed? CREUSA: He’d be approximately your age if he have been alive. ION: It was once now not reasonable of the god, and that i think for the mummy. CREUSA: i do know. She by no means had one other baby. [There is a pause whereas ION wrestles along with his unwillingness to think Apollo in charge] ION: What if Phoebus took him and taken him up in mystery? CREUSA: that will be unjust: to hug that excitement to himself. ION: unhappy! unhappy! And so much like my very own plight. CREUSA: and that i count on your terrible mom additionally pines for you. ION: Don’t revive a long-forgotten sorrow. CREUSA: I’ll say not more . . . Now, approximately my query . . . ION: which includes a major flaw, you recognize. CREUSA: What used to be now not a significant flaw for that unsatisfied lady? ION: yet how can the god’s oracle undo the god’s personal mystery? CREUSA: Isn’t his tripod with no reserve intended for each Greek? ION: yet you’d simply embarrass him—broadcast his disgrace. CREUSA: that's not anything to the disgrace of the lady he wronged. ION: nobody at this oracle will solution that. If Apollo have been proved to blame in his personal apartment he’d rather evidently targeted a few penalty from his critic. So, my woman, don't continue. There can't be an oracle opposed to the god of oracles. Any try and strain unwilling gods to bare what they refuse to bare— no matter if by means of the sacrifice of sheep upon their altars or by means of the flight of birds— often is the top of foolishness. Reluctant gods, my woman, can basically provide reluctant presents. they offer not anything good if now not willingly. chief: Innumerable the variety of human woes irrespective of how they fluctuate of their shape: you'd be fortunate in case you came upon a unmarried satisfied person. CREUSA: [lifting up her hands in the direction of the temple] and also you, Apollo, the way you have misbehaved and misbehave in the direction of her who's now not the following herself yet pleads!

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