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Oedipus
Are these taunts to be endured from him? [430] Be gone, to your ruin; be gone this instant! Will you not turn your back and leave this house?

Teiresias
I would not have come if you had not called me.

Oedipus
I did not know you would speak foolishly, for otherwise it would have been a long time before I summoned you to my home.

Teiresias
[435] I was born like this—as you think, a fool, but in the opinion of the parents who bore you, quite sane.

Oedipus
What parents? Wait. What man is my father?

Teiresias
This day will reveal your birth and bring your ruin.

Oedipus
What riddles, what dark words you always say.

Teiresias
[440] Are you not the best at unravelling mysteries?

Oedipus
Reproach me in what you will find me to be great.

Teiresias
Yet it was just that fortune that undid you.

Oedipus
But if it saved this city I care not.

Teiresias
I will take my leave. You, boy, lead me.

Oedipus
[445] Yes, let him take you: while here, you are a hindrance, a source of trouble. When you have gone, you will vex me no more.

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  • Commentary references to this page (8):
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 233
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 824
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 897
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Antigone, 760
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Ajax, 369
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 1430
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 51
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Philoctetes, 1222
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