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JASON: Presently carry out what you have begu n, I will not beseech you further; only give me a respite for my punish· ment. MEDEA: Enjoy your deliberate revenge, my grief, do not hurry. This day is mine, and I am using the time allotted me. JASON: 'Tis me you loathe: kill me. MEDEA: You bid me be merci ful; (she kills the boy) very well, it is finished. I have nothing more to offer you for atone· ment, my passion. ) Lift your swollen eyes this way, ingrate Jason. Do you recog· nize your wife? This is how I am accustomed to flee.

MEDEA and NURSE enter as the MESSENGER completes his speech; exit MESSENGER. ) NuRsE: O u t of the Peloponnese at the double quick, Medea! Go anywhere, but make haste! MEDEA: I retreat? Even if I had already fled I would have come back for this. It is a novel wedding I witness. ) Why, my soul, do you falter? Exploit your successful sally. How small a fraction of your revenge elates you ! You are still in love, madwoman, if you are satisfied with Jason celibate. Find some species of punishment wholly unexam· pled; this is how to make yourself ready: away with every scruple, out every trace of conscience!

Take your sons back now, father. ) O n my winged chariot I shall ride through the air. JAsoN: Ride through the lofty spaces of high heaven, and wherever you go bear witness that there are no gods.

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