Electra

Sophocles

Sophocles, creator; Sophocles the plays and fragments with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose Part 6 The Electra; Jebb, Richard Claverhouse, Sir, 1841-1905, editor, translator. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1894.

  1. I will not, for he who sets hand to the deed is likely also to suffer disaster.
Electra
  1. I admire you for your prudence. For your cowardice I hate you.
Chrysothemis
  1. I will listen no less calmly when you praise me.
Electra
  1. Never fear to suffer that from me, at least.
Chrysothemis
  1. There is time enough in the future to decide that.
Electra
  1. Leave! You have no power to help.
Chrysothemis
  1. No, I have it, but you lack the ability to listen and learn.
Electra
  1. Go, reveal everything to your mother!
Chrysothemis
  1. But, again, I do not hate you with so great a hate.
Electra
  1. Yet know at least to what dishonor you drive me.
Chrysothemis
  1. Dishonor, no! It is forethought for you.
Electra
  1. Am I bound, then, to follow your rule of right?
Chrysothemis
  1. Yes, for when you are sensible, then at that time you shall lead the both of us.
Electra
  1. How terrible it is that one who speaks so well should be so wrong!
Chrysothemis
  1. You have well described the fault to which you devotedly cling.
Electra
  1. What? Do you think that my words are not the words of Justice?
Chrysothemis
  1. But sometimes even Justice herself causes harm.
Electra
  1. I do not care to live where that attitude is lawful.
Chrysothemis
  1. Well, if you must do this, you will commend me yet.
Electra
  1. And do it I will, not a bit disturbed by you.