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And you will be persuaded to the last evil of all: to take into your house as master someone motherless, insignificant, born from a slave woman. The evil would have been a single one, if he had persuaded you [840] by pleading your lack of children and settled in the house a son of a noble mother; or, if that displeased you, he should have sought a wife from the Aeolians. Now indeed you must act a woman's part: with a sword or by some trick or with poison [845] kill your husband and his son, before death comes to you from them. [For if you give up, your life is lost. For when two enemies come together under one roof, either one must fail, or the other.] [850] I wish to help you in this work, and kill the boy, entering the house where he is preparing the feast, and when I have paid back my living to my masters, either to die, or live and see the light. There is one thing in slavery that brings shame, [855] the name; in all other respects a good slave is no worse than the free-born.

Chorus Leader
And I, my dear mistress, wish to share your fate, either to die, or live with honor.

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