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And improper for flawed, you owe me that incorrect now, Menelaus. sturdy brother that he was once, my father volunteered his existence for you, combating as a soldier at your aspect. And why? For this: that will help you get your spouse and produce her domestic. 655 What you had of him, I now certain of you. struggle on my behalf, now not ten lengthy years, yet one short day. back, my sister Iphigenia died at Aulis in your account. yet any declare i've got on you for my sister’s dying, I freely waive. 660 Hermione could stay. For as issues stand now, i will not press my declare, and that i forgive you your virtue. yet pay off my father’s mortgage; settle your ranking with him through saving me, and my sister too, unwedded to at the present time. imagine: if I die, I go away my father’s apartment heirless, orphaned of lifestyles. 665 very unlikely, you assert? yet absolutely this can be simply the purpose, Menelaus. should you love us, this is often the time to aid, now, whilst every little thing we've is misplaced. Who wishes aid while the gods are stable and all is definitely? No, the fellow whom heaven is helping has pals adequate. yet now we want your support. All Hellas is familiar with how a lot you like your spouse. 670 i'm really not attempting to flatter you or wheedle you, yet in Helen’s identify, i urge you— O negative me! What i've got come to! And but i have to suffer humiliation and make this supplication within the identify of all our apartment, our kinfolk, O Uncle, my father’s brother, store us now! 675 think that my lifeless father in his grave listens to me now, that his spirit is soaring over you, that he himself is conversing, pleading via my lips! you might have noticeable our sufferings and our depression, and i've begged you for my lifestyles— existence, the only desire of each guy in the world, now not mine by myself. refrain chief 680 i'm just a girl, yet I implore you: support them, shop them, please. It’s on your energy. MENELAUS in fact I honor you, Orestes, and that i are looking to percentage your problems. For we're joined by means of a standard bond of blood, 685 and i'm honor guaranteed to assist you out whilst you’re in difficulty, if the gods will allow me, death myself, and killing your enemies. ° however the strength that will help you purely the gods may give. And I’ve arrived in Argos in a weakened kingdom— without support—my allies have faded away— 690 myself exhausted through my negative ordeal. So defeating Argos via a express of energy is out of the query. in its place, our guns needs to be international relations and tact. insufficient, I admit, yet now not, might be, relatively hopeless. while even to indicate using strength° as a fashion out, given our current weak point, 695 is folly. Mobs in a fury are like a fireplace, it’s risky to attempt to struggle their rage. palms off is better. You sit down quietly through, gazing and ready, patiently biding it slow whereas their anger runs its direction unchecked. with a bit of luck, it speedy burns itself out, 700 and within the lull, whereas the wind is transferring, something you will want is yours for the asking. Anger, in spite of the fact that, is just one in their moods;° pity is another—they’re priceless resources either, for those who comprehend what you’re doing. Now this is often my plan.