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Enter Chrysothemis, from the right.

[871] I am pursued by joy, dear sister, and I disregard seemliness in order to come with speed. I bring joyful news to relieve your former troubles and grief.

[875] And from where could you find help for my sufferings, when no cure for them can be imagined?

Orestes is with us—know this from my lips—plainly visible, just as you see me now.

What, are you insane, poor girl? [880] Do you laugh at my sorrows and your own?

No, by our father's hearth, I do not speak in mockery. I tell you that he truly is with us.

Ah, miserable girl! And from whom on earth have you heard this tale, which you believe so lightly?

[885] I have it on my own knowledge, no one else's; I have seen clear proofs.

What have you seen, poor girl, to warrant your belief? What did you see, that you are warmed by this unquenchable fire?

Now, for the gods' love, listen, so that you may know [890] the rest from me before deciding whether I am sane or foolish.

Speak on, then, if you find pleasure in speaking.

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