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I am afraid when I hear this eager haste. Your tongue's sharp edge does not please me.

[585] Ajax, my lord, what can you have in mind?

Do not keep asking me, do not keep questioning. Self-restraint is a virtue.

Ah, how I despair! Now, by your child, by the gods, I implore you, do not betray us!

You annoy me too much. Do you not know [590] that I no longer owe any service to the gods?

Hush, no impiety!

Speak to those who hear.

You will not listen?

Already your words have been too many.

Yes, because I am afraid, my king!

To the Attendants.
Close the doors this instant!

In the name of the gods, be softened!

You have foolish hope, I think, [595] if you plan so late to begin schooling my temper.Ajax is shut into the tent. Exit Tecmessa with Eurysaces.

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