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συμφορᾶς, which can denote either good fortune (1230) or evil, suits the purposed ambiguity. For the ear of Aegisthus, her reply means: ‘Of course I know; else I should be a stranger to the fortune of my nearest kinswoman,’— viz., her mother. She leaves him to decide whether she means that Clytaemnestra is afflicted or rejoiced by the news. And meanwhile “ συμφορὰ τῆς φιλτάτης” has a further meaning—Clytaemnestra<*>s death—which he cannot yet surmise.

Possibly this is the only ambiguity intended. But “τῆς συμφορᾶς..τῶν ἐμῶν τῆς φιλτάτης” might be genitive of “ συμφορὰ τῶν ἐμῶν φιλτάτη”, ‘the most welcome fortune of my kindred,’—i.e., ‘my brother's return.’ Cp. 1273φιλτάταν” | “ὁδόν”. To intend this as an inner meaning would certainly be quite in the manner of Sophocles; cp. O. T. 337ὀργὴν ἐμέμψω τὴν ἐμήν, τὴν σὴν δ᾽ ὁμοῦ” | “ναίουσαν οὐ κατεῖδες”.—For other views, see Appendix.

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