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Oedipus at Colonus is the story of the last day in the life of Oedipus After many year of wandering Oedipus arrives in a grove outside Athens and understands that this is the place he would die Theseus king of Athens and its surroundings promises to give Oedipus the right to be buried in Colonus and to protect his secret burial place More than that Theseus brings back Oedipus daughters who were abducted by Creon Oedipus apologizes for not thanking Theseus right away instead of talking to his daughters Theseus understands that Oedipus needs the time to talk with his saved daughters and refrains from bragging about his struggle with Creon but he asks Oedipus to do a trivial thing and meet someone who looks desperate to meet him Oedipus What is his country What is he praying for Theseus All I know is this he asks they tell me A brief interview with you and nothing more Oedipus Upon what subject If he is in prayer it cannot be a trifle Theseus They say he only asks to speak to you And then to depart safely by the same road Oedipus Who could it be who would come here to pray Theseus Think have you any relative in Argos Who might desire this favor of you Oedipus Dear Friend Say no more Theseus What has alarmed you Oedipus No more Theseus But what is the matter Tell me Oedipus When I heard Argos I knew the petitioner Theseus And who is he whom I must hold at fault Oedipus A son of mine my lord and a hated one Nothing could be more painful than to listen to him Theseus But why Is it not possible to listen Without doing anything you need not do Why should it distress you so to hear him The first eight lines of this passage can be interpreted in two different ways In these lines Oedipus
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