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Menelaus Why do you fall before me, why entreat me when I am like a cliff or a wave of the sea? I help my kin, but I have no cause to love you since I expended a great part of my soul in capturing Troy and with it your mother. It is the benefit you derive from her that you now go down to the Underworld.
Enter a female servant from the house. Servant Mistress, I do not shrink from calling you this name since it was the name I thought proper in your house when we lived in the land of Troy. I was well disposed toward you there and to your husband while he lived, and now I have come to you with bad news, in fear that one of the masters might hear of it but out of pity for you: Menelaus is planning dreadful acts against you with his daughter. Against them you must take precaution. Andromache Dearest fellow-slave （for you are fellow-slave to your former mistress, who is now unfortunate）, what are they doing? What kind of plans are they weaving now, in their desire to kill me, woman most wretched? Servant They are about to kill your son, unhappy woman, whom you sent secretly out of the house. Menelaus has left the house to fetch him. Andromache Oh me! Has he discovered the son I sent into hiding? How could he have done so? Alas, I am undone! Servant I do not know. But I had this wor
Chorus O aged son of Aeacus, I am convinced that with your illustrious spear you joined battle at the side of the Lapiths against the Centaurs and that on board the Argo you traversed the inhospitable waters of the sea-going Symplegades on a voyage of fame, and when on that earlier day Zeus' famous son Heracles encircled with destruction the city of Troy, you came back to Europe with your share in this high renown.