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The Chorus of Argive Maidens enters quietly. The following lines between Electra and the Chorus are chanted responsively.
 Hush, hush! let your footsteps fall lightly! not a sound! Electra
Go further from his couch, further, I beseech you! Chorus
There, I obey. Electra
 Ah, ah! Speak like the breath of a slender reed-pipe, my dear, I pray. Chorus
See, how soft and low I drop my voice. Electra
Yes, do so; approach now, softly, softly!  Give me an account of why you have come here. For at last he has lain down, and sleeps.