Philoctetes

Sophocles

Sophocles, creator; Sophocles the plays and fragments with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose Part 4 The Philoctetes; Jebb, Richard Claverhouse, Sir, 1841-1905, editor, translator. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1898.

  1. And how is it just for you to give up what was won by means of my plans?
Neoptolemus
  1. My error was to my dishonor, and now I must try to retrieve it.
Odysseus
  1. The army of the Achaeans causes you no fear, when you do this?
Neoptolemus
  1. With justice on my side, I do not tremble at the terrors you name.
Odysseus
  1. ---
Neoptolemus
  1. No, not even at the threat of your hand do I yield obedience.
Odysseus
  1. Then our battles shall be not with the Trojans, but with you.
Neoptolemus
  1. So be it, if that is what the future holds.
Odysseus
  1. Do you see my right hand
  2. clasping my sword hilt?
Neoptolemus
  1. You will see me do the same, and not slowly.
Odysseus
  1. However, I will let you be. But I will go report this to all the army, and by them you will be punished.
Neoptolemus
  1. You have come to your senses. And if you are so prudent hereafter,
  2. perhaps you may steer clear of trouble.Odysseus feigns departure, but conceals himself nearby.
  1. But you, son of Poeas, Philoctetes, come out! Leave the shelter of your rocky home!
Philoctetes
  1. What is this disruptive cry once more rising beside my cave? Why do you call me? What do you want of me?He appears at the mouth of the cave, and sees Neoptolemus.
  2. Oh, no! This business will bring me no good. Have you come bringing me new misery on top of the old?
Neoptolemus
  1. Take heart and listen to my words.
Philoctetes
  1. I am afraid. Beautiful words did me evil once before, when I believed your promises.
Neoptolemus
  1. Is there no room, then, for repentance?