Third Episode: The Messenger and Orestes’ Return Summary and Analysis
Messenger: one of Orestes’ servants
From offstage are heard the “howls of death,” and one of Orestes’ servants finally arrives to tell what happened at the site of Aigisthos’ feast. The news is good. Orestes has succeeded.
Electra presses him for details, and learns how Aigisthos, believing that Orestes was from Thessaly as he claimed, invited him and his party to join his feast. While Aigisthos was praying to the Nymphs for continued prosperity for himself and his wife, and victory over their enemies, Orestes proceeded to butcher Aigisthos’ sacrificial calf. In its entrails Aigisthos read a dire prophesy that Agamemnon’s son was stalking him. As...
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