The Oedipus Plays

by: Sophocles

Section 10: Oedipus at Colonus, lines 1-576

1

Citizen: And what’s there to gain from a man who cannot see? Oedipus: Whatever I say, there will be great vision in every word I say.

2

Look for the man! Who is he? Where’s he hiding?—where’s he gone, rushed away, where now? That man, of all men on earth the most shameless, desperate man alive!

3

Fate will never punish a man for returning harm first done to him. Deceit matches by deceit, the tables turned: treachery pays you back in pain, not kindness.