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Electra
[1232] O seed, seed of the person to me most dear, you have just now come, [1235] you have come, and have found and seen her whom your heart desired!

Orestes
I am with you; but keep silence and wait.

Electra
What do you mean?

Orestes
It is better to be silent so that no one inside may hear.

Electra
No, by ever-virgin Artemis, [1240] I will never think it right to tremble before eternally house-bound women, that useless burden on the ground!

Orestes
Yes, but remember that Ares dwells in women, too. You know this well by experience, I believe.

Electra
[1245] oh, no! ah, me! You have reminded me of my sorrow, one which by its nature cannot be veiled, [1250] cannot be done away with, cannot be forgotten!

Orestes
I know this, too; but when occasion prompts, we must recall those crimes.

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