The house spirits are slightly more complicated. They represent the bloody destiny of the house, which compels the killing to continue, with Orestes as its agent. The chorus does not seem to fully understand what they are asking for, as they call on the house spirits to wash away old blood with new blood shed in the name of Justice. They conclude this little section with a prayer that murder breed in the palace no more. From this we understand that they expect the killing to stop with Clytamnestra and Aigisthos. Orestes will murder the murderers, and everything can go back to normal. But what of the consequences for Orestes? We will see at the end of the play that he too is expected to pay for his crimes. The cycle of murder does not automatically end with Orestes's action.
The chorus also anticipates Orestes's state of mind at the crucial moment when he is about to kill Clytamnestra. As we will see, he hesitates for a moment when Clytamnestra implores him to respect the relationship between mother and son. The chorus confronts this possibility by urging Orestes to think of himself as Agamemnon's son only, and not Clytamnestra's. In this way, he will be able to kill his mother while still remaining innocent, as she is not really his mother at all. We will also see that this rather simplistic solution will not be enough, and Apollo will have to intervene.