By Willa Cather

ISBN-10: 0679728872

ISBN-13: 9780679728870

A portrait of a girl who displays the conventions of her age at the same time she defies them and whose ameliorations embrace the decline and coarsening of the yank frontier.

BONUS: The version contains an excerpt from the chosen Letters of Willa Cather.

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34. , Helen, 1315–6/1114). The prayer in vain, as we know, and there is no further thought of any punishment for Helen. 23 INTRODUCTION Trojan Women has only two male characters: the weak and officious Menelaus, who appears in a single episode, bested, one might say, by both Helen and Hecuba; and this Greek herald, decent in a world of depravity and grief. Euripides has transformed the typically anonymous figure of the herald into a man of some sensitivity, whose role is not merely to bring the commands of his leaders to the enslaved women of Troy, but also to show us that even a Greek can see the horror those commands entail.

330 340 cassandra enters, dancing out of the central hut with a flaming torch in each hand and singing a lyric monody. cassandra See how I lift the torch, How I wave it, whirl with it— How my reverence for this sacred Precinct flares— O Lord Hymenaeus! Hymen, how blessed the bridegroom, How blessed the bride, Blessed by a royal wedding, soon, At Argos— O Hymen, Lord 41 Strophe 350 TROJAN WOMEN [315–337] Hymenaeus! And mother, While you weep, keening, Day and night for my dead father And our beloved Country, It falls to me to set The torch fires blazing At my own wedding, to make them blaze In a wheel Of radiance 360 That lights the way for you, Hymenaeus, And you, Hecate, as is the custom For a young girl’s Marriage.

Hecuba This is our fate, sad one, this anguish . . andromache . . for my lost city . . hecuba Pain crushes pain. andromache . . because the gods hate us, Your son eluded death and in a cursed bed Brought down Troy’s towers. And now The mangled blood-soaked bodies lie 51 680 TROJAN WOMEN [599–621] Sprawled at the feet of Pallas Athena For the vultures to carry, piece by piece, away. Your son—Paris, alone—yoked Troy to slavery. 690 hecuba O my homeland, my unhappy homeland . . andromache I weep for you, abandoned.

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