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φεῦ φεῦ, τί λέξω; Orestes, deeply moved, speaks to himself, though loud enough for Electra to hear. A similar ‘aside’ (if it can be called so) marks the crisis in the purpose of Neoptolemus, Ph. 895 f.: “ΝΕ. παπαῖ: τί δῆτ᾽ ἂν δρῷμ᾽ ἐγὼ τοὐνθένδε γε; ΦΙ. τί δ᾽ ἔστιν, παῖ; ποῖ ποτ᾽ ἐξέβης λόγῳ;

λόγων goes with ποῖ, not with ἀμηχανῶν. Cp. O.C. 310 “ Ζεῦ, τί λέξω; ποῖ φρενῶν ἔλθω, πάτερ; Ph. 897οὐκ οἶδ᾽ ὅποι χρὴ τἄπορον τρέπειν ἔπος”.

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