Sixth Episode: The Messenger Summary and Analysis
Messenger: one of Jason’s servants, arriving from the royal palace
A servant arrives from the royal house, breathless with news of what he has witnessed there. Medea responds with delighted anticipation, asking him to tell his tale slowly, as it will please her doubly to learn her victims have died horribly.
The Messenger complies, with a detailed account of all he has seen. He describes how the princess, aloof at first, was convinced by Jason to receive his sons and their gifts, and to release them from their sentence of exile. Delighted with those presents, she immediately proceeded to put them on, admiring herself in the mirror. He graphically recounts in...
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