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What restlessness of soul, lady, what tumult has come upon me since I heard you speak!

What anxiety has startled you, that you say this?

I thought that I heard this from you—that Laius [730] was slain where the three roads meet.

Yes, that was the report, and so it is still thought.

And where is the place where this occurred?

The land is called Phocis; the branching forks lead to the same spot from Delphi and from Daulia.

[735] And how much time has passed since these events took place?

The news was announced to the town shortly before you first attained power over this land.

O Zeus, what have you decreed for me?

Why, Oedipus, does this matter weigh upon your heart?

[740] Do not ask me yet. Tell me rather what stature Laius had, and how ripe his manhood was.

He was tall—the silver just lightly strewn among his hair—and his form was not greatly unlike your own.

Unhappy that I am! I think that I have [745] laid myself under a terrible curse without realizing it.

How do you mean? I tremble when I look at you, my lord.

I have dread fears that the seer can see. But you will reveal the matter better if you tell me one thing more.

Indeed, though I tremble, I will hear and answer all that you ask.

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