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Enter Medea from the house.

Medea
My friends, for a long time now I have been expecting the event, waiting to see how matters in that quarter will turn out. And look, here I see one of Jason's servants coming. His agitated breathing [1120] shows that he is about to announce some fresh disaster.

Enter Messenger by Eisodos B.

Messenger
[You that have done a terrible deed unlawfully,] Medea, run for your life. Take ship, take chariot, and flee.

Medea
What event calls for my fleeing thus?

Messenger
[1125] The princess and her father Creon have just been killed by your poisons.

Medea
A splendid report you bring! Henceforth I shall regard you as one of my benefactors and friends.

Messenger
What? Can you be in your right mind and not mad, woman? [1130] Can you commit an outrage against the royal house, and then rejoice at the news and not be afraid?

Medea
I too have something that I could say in reply to your words. Do not be hot and hasty, friend, but tell me: how did they die? You will give me [1135] twice the pleasure if they died in agony.

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