| Quote #7
(Nurse): "What, are you in your right mind, with the news just brought?"
Have you ever heard the expression "The good Lord helps those who help themselves"? We at Shmoop think that this saying also fits pretty well with what the Chorus says here. It is also interesting to note how they use the idea of the gods to absolve the Nurse of responsibility for her role in the plot.
| Quote #8
(Chorus): "Listen, [Zeus]! The one inside the palace –
Once again, we get the idea of a contractual relationship between gods and mortals. The Chorus prays to Zeus to make Orestes successful; then, if Orestes is successful, he'll be even more able to offer awesome sacrifices to Zeus. Not a bad deal, huh?
| Quote #9
(Chorus): "A part in things would justly go
Once again, specific gods are invoked to bring specific benefits. Here, the Chorus, who has used trickery to bring down Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, gives a tip of the hat to Hermes, the god of trickery. Is there anything else that could be said about these lines? What about the Chorus's observation that Hermes can be seen by night, but not by day? Does this apply just to Hermes, or to the gods in general? If it applies to the gods in general, how could this statement be connected to the idea that the gods help those who help themselves?