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Menelaus You fly too readily into abusive talk. For my part, since I have come to Phthia against my will, I shall not do anything demeaning nor will I have it done to me. For the present, since I do not have unlimited time, I will go home. There is a city not far off from Sparta which previously was friendly but now is hostile. I mean to attack it as general and make it our subject. But when I have arranged matters there to my satisfaction, I shall return. Man to man with my son-in-law I sha
we may not escape now only to be captured later!
No cowardly woman-talk here, please! March on! Who will touch us? He shall smart for it that lays a hand on us! For by the gods' grace I rule over a throng of cavalry and many hoplites in Phthia. And I am still upright on my feet and no grey-beard, as you suppose. If I once look at that sort of man, I will send him flying, old man though I am. Even an old man, if he be brave, is more than a match for many young men. What use is bodily v
Hermione sung You have abandoned me, father, abandoned me, all alone on the shore with no sea-going oar! He will kill me, kill me! No more shall I dwell in this bridal house of mine! To which of the gods' statues shall I run as suppliant? Or shall I fall as a slave before the knees of my slave? O that I might soar up out of the land of Phthia to the place where the ship of pine passed through the Symplegades, first bark that ever sailed!
Enter by Eisodos A Peleus with retinue. Peleus Women of Phthia, tell me the answer to my question: I have heard an indistinct rumor that Menelaus' daughter has left the house and is gone and have come here eager to learn whether this is true. For those who are at home must be solicitous of the fortunes of their loved ones abroad. Chorus Leader Peleus, the rumor you heard was true, and it is not right for me to conceal the troubles in whose midst I find myself: the queen has gone off in flight from this house. Peleus In fear of what? Continue your account. Chorus Leader Afraid from this house her husband might expel her. Peleus For planning murder of the boy, perhaps? Chorus Leader Yes, and in terror of her serving-woman. Peleus With whom did she leave home? Was it her father? Chorus Leader Agamemnon's son has led her from the land. Peleus In hope of what? Meaning to marry her? Chorus Leader Yes, and contriving death against your grandson. Peleus Crouching in ambush or
Enter Thetis aloft on the mechane. Chorus Leader Ah, what is this motion, what divine being do I see? Look, women, see! Here is a god who wings his way through the bright air and treads the ground of horse-pasturing Phthia.
Chorus O breeze, breeze of the sea, that wafts swift galleys, ocean's coursers, across the surging main! Where will you bear me, the sorrowful one? To whose house shall I be brought, to be his slave and chattel? to some haven in the Dorian land, or in Phthia, where men say Apidanus, father of fairest streams, makes fat and rich the soil?
Chorus Next I sought the countless fleet, a wonder to behold, that I might fill my girlish eyes with gazing, a sweet delight. The warlike Myrmidons from Phthia held the right wing with fifty swift cruisers, upon whose sterns, right at the ends, stood Nereid goddesses in golden effigy, the ensign of Achilles' armament.