(Orestes): "Loxias' great and powerful oracle will not betray me, I tell you, which orders me to go through this danger. Loud and often it cried out, proclaiming ruin wintry-cold to strike up into my heart's warmth if I do not pursue those guilty for my father's death in the same way; it says I am to kill them in return. It asserted I should pay for this with my own dear life, and have much unpleasant evil, maddened like a bull in a punishment which will keep me from my property." (269-277)
(Chorus): "Certainly there is a law that bloodshed
dripping to the ground demands another's blood.
The havoc from those slain before
shouts the Fury on
who brings fresh ruin upon ruin." (400-404)
(Orestes): "Wholly dishonoured, you say: oh, the hurt!
For my father's dishonour she shall pay, then,
with the aid of the gods
and with the aid of my own hands.
Oh to take her life from her, and then to die!" (434-438)