chapter  4
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The 'Electra'

He has tradition and experience on his side, his maxims are sensible. True, a native stubbornness is given him, that he may defend his position to the dramatic end, but it is not from folly or wilfulness that he originally takes up his position. But his confidence judgement was wrong; his reason betrays him. It is true that but for his obstinacy he could have escaped with a lighter penalty. but the bitterness is that his judgement was wrong, and that Antigone's instinct was right; and in the end he has less to cling to than she. She goes 'in the sure and certain hope That dear to thee will be my coming, Father'{' he can say only

a1TaVTa AEXPl,a Tav XEpOLV. Everything is turned to water in my hands.