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Silence! I hear someone walking inside as if to come out.

To Orestes and Pylades.
Go in, strangers, especially since you bring a thing which no one [1325] could either turn away from these doors, or rejoice at receiving.

Enter the Paedagogus.

Utterly foolish and senseless children! Are you weary of your lives, or is there no wit inborn in you, that you do not see how you stand not on the brink, but in the very midst [1330] of immense danger? Had I not long kept watch at these doors, your doings would have been in the house before your bodies. But as it was, I put myself the task of averting that. [1335] Be done now with your long speeches and this insatiable shouting for joy, and go inside. In dealings of this sort delay is harmful, but the time is ripe for being done.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Ajax, 445
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