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Messenger
Coming nearer to Deianeira.
[335] Do go in, but first remain here a short while, so that you may learn, apart from these others, who they are whom you take into your home, and gain necessary knowledge of the facts which you have not heard. For of these I am in full possession.

Deianeira
What do you mean? Why do you stay my departure?

Messenger
[340] Stop and listen. My former report was not a waste of your time, and neither, I believe, will this one be.

Deianeira
Shall I call those others back again? Or do you wish to speak before me and these women?

Messenger
To you and the women I can speak freely. Never mind the others.

Deianeira
[345] Well, they are gone. Now let your speech signal your meaning.

Messenger
That man Lichas spoke nothing of what he just told you in strict accordance with the truth. He was just now lying, or else he was dishonest in his earlier report.

Deianeira
What do you say? Explain to me clearly all that you mean, [350] for I cannot understand what you said.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus, 216-462
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