Alcestis eBook

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P. 66, l. 1152, The feasting day shall surely come; now I must needs away.]—­A fine last word for Heracles.  We have seen him feasting, but that makes a small part in his life.  His main life is to perform labour upon labour in service to his king.  Euripides occasionally liked this method of ending a play, not with a complete finish (Greek catastrophe), but with the opening of a door into some further vista of endurance or adventure.  The Trojan Women ends by the women going out to the Greek ships to begin a life of slavery; the Rhesus with the doomed army of Trojans gathering bravely for an attack which we know will be disastrous.  Here we have the story finished for Admetus and Alcestis, but no rest for Heracles.  See the note at the end of my Trojan Women.


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