When Teiresias is first summoned by Oedipus, he is very hestiant to speak. His first comments to Oedipus are vague at best. Teiresias seems to avoid the questions asked, telling Oedipus to let go of this search, and that it will bring him nothing but pain. Oedipus continues to press Teiresias, however, essentially accusing him of being a traitor to his people. Oedipus believes that Teiresias knows who murdered the former king and is enraged that the prophet would let innocent people suffer rather than reveal the murderer. After being pushed and prodded by Oedipus, Teiresias very bluntly says that Oedipus is the murderer they seek.