chapter  2
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The 'Choephori'

Soon he sees approaching a solemn procession led by Electra. The two men make room. From the chorus of Asian captivewomen we learn that after many years an unsleeping Wrath has spoken; its voice rang out in the night, and caused terror. Later in the play (527-39) we learn what Clytemnestra's dream was : she was suckling a snake which she had brought to birth, and it bit her breast. In her terror she has sent Electra to make at last offerings at the tomb, hoping so to conciliate the anger of the dead. But nothing can atone for blood spilt on the ground.