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Away with anger, for the gods' sake! There is [370] advantage for both of you in what is urged, if you, Electra, would learn to implement her advice, and she, again, yours.

For my part, friends, I am not at all unaccustomed to her insults, nor would I have mentioned this, if I had not heard that the greatest disaster is now rushing down on her, [375] one which will restrain her from her long mourning.

Come then, name this terror! If you can tell me of anything worse than my present condition, I would resist no more.

I will tell you all that I know. If you will not cease from your mourning, they intend [380] to send you where you will never look upon the sun's brilliance, but passing your life in a covered chamber beyond this land's borders you will make hymns of your calamity. Think on this, and do not blame me later, when you suffer. Now is the time to think wisely.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 115
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Antigone, 95
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 409
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