Second Episode: Electra, Orestes, and the Old Man Summary and Analysis
Second Episode: Electra, Orestes, and
the Old Man
Old Man: former tutor of Agamemnon, living on the outskirts of Argos
The Old Man arrives, carrying with him a lamb, flowers, cheeses, and wine. He is crying because on his way he has stopped to pay tribute at the tomb of Agamemnon, whom he helped to raise. He noticed the relics left there (by Orestes), and wonders who would have been brave enough to honor Aigisthos’ enemy, and suggests it may have been Orestes himself.
To test his theory, he holds the lock of hair he found there up to Electra’s shorn head, to see if it matches. Though it does, Electra does not take him seriously, arguing that it is...
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