(Orestes): "Zeus, Zeus! Observe our circumstances here! See the brood bereft of their eagle father, killed in the twisted coils of a dreadful viper! Starving hunger presses hard on the orphans, for they are not grown enough to bring a father's prey to the nest. This is the state in which you can see myself and her, I mean Electra, children deprived of their father, both of us in the same exile from our house." (246-254)
(Orestes): "Those below have a weapon from the dark, from men killed within their family and supplicating vengeance: it is madness and empty terror in the night; it attacks, it harasses and it drives a man from his city, with his body maimed under a yoke of beaten bronze. Such men, the oracle said, may share neither wine-bowl nor friendly libations, and they are kept away from altars by a father's unseen anger. No one either welcomes or shares his roof with such a man; lacking all honour and friends he dies in time, withered dry as a mummy in an evil death of total extinction." (286-296)
(Electra): "O father, do hear our sorrow,
and our many tears in turn!
See, your two children are here at your tomb,
voices raised loud in their dirge!
Both of them exiles and suppliants, your grave is their welcome.
What here is good, and what without evil?
Is not the ruin beyond reversal with three throws?" (332-339)