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Enter the Paedagogus from the left.

Paedagogus
[660] Foreign ladies, how might I know for certain if this be the palace of the king Aegisthus?

Chorus
This is the palace, stranger; you yourself have guessed correctly.

Paedagogus
And am I on target when I surmise that this lady is his wife? She is indeed regal to look upon.

Chorus
[665] Exactly right; this is she before you.

Paedagogus
Greetings, royal lady! I bring happy news to you and to Aegisthus from a friend.

Clytaemnestra
I welcome your greeting; but I would like first to know who may have sent you.

Paedagogus
[670] Phanoteus the Phocian provided me the weighty task.

Clytaemnestra
And what is it, sir? Tell me. Coming from a friend you will bring, I know, a kindly message.

Paedagogus
Orestes is dead, to put it briefly.

Electra
Oh, miserable me! My ruin comes today!

Clytaemnestra
[675] What, friend? What did you say? Do not listen to her!

Paedagogus
I said, and say again, “Orestes is dead.”

Electra
This is my wretched end! I am no more!

Clytaemnestra
To Electra.
You, go about your business! But you, sir, tell me exactly in what manner he was destroyed.

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