The Libation Bearers
Important Quotes Explained
Such oracles are persuasive, don't you think? And even if I am not convinced, the rough work of the world is still to do. So many yearnings meet and urge me on (lines 297–299)
For word of hate let word of hate be said, cries Justice. Stroke for bloody stroke must be paid. The one who acts must suffer. Three generations long this law resounds. (lines 311–314)
They killed an honored man by cunning, so they die by cunning, caught in the same noose. (lines 556–558)
But you, when your turn in the action comes, be strong. When she cries 'Son!' cry out 'My father's son!' Go through with the murder—innocent at last. (lines 827–830)
Wait, my son—no respect for this, my child? The breast you held, drowsing away the hours, soft gums tugging the milk that made you grow? (lines 896–898)
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