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νοεῖς, lit., hasten ‘on the path that thou hast in view,’—i.e., to the execution of the plan within the house. Cp. Ai. 868πᾷ γὰρ οὐκ ἔβαν ἐγώ”;

The ground for giving the words νοεῖς to Electra, rather than to Orestes (cr. n.), is not merely that her share in this verse then becomes the same as in v. 1415. That ground would be inconclusive (cp. 1431 n.). The better reasons are these: (1) the simple τελοῦμεν is thus far more forcible. (2) “ νοεῖς”, if said by Orestes, would be a feeble reference to the wish of the Chorus; as said by Electra, it is a natural comment on “τελοῦμεν”.

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