chapter  3
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The Chorus

But neither here nor at any other crisisin the play does the chorus do anything so sensible and dramatic. The reason is not this time that it has a drama of its own to play out; it is at liberty to give all its attention to the play. It avoids doing this because to attend on and accentuate the turns of the plot in this manner would give the plot a degree ofimportance and, as it were, ofreality which Euripides does not wish it to have; it would turn into melodrama what is to be felt as tragedy, but not as the tragedy only of Andromache and Peleus.