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Sophocles @ the Library

As many of you already know there has been some disagreement about the performance of The Women of Trachis on the library lawn originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 19th. If you have not already read the articles ... you might try the front page of Tuesday’s Falmouth Enterprise or the great article in Thursday’s Cape Cod TImes, or the one from yesterday’s Cape Cod Times. There were also some lovely letters to the editor in yesterday’s Falmouth Enterprise.

I’m just going to leave you a few quotes from Sophocles, which I am transcribing from Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

“A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers should one day suffer reverse.”
Trachiniae [c. 403 B.C.] l. 296

“They are not wise, then, who stand forth to buffet against Love; for Love rules the gods as he will, and me.”
Trachiniae , l. 441

“Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.”
Trachiniae , l. 592

“Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.”

Trachiniae , l. 943

“Death is not the worst; rather, in vain
To wish for death, and not to compass it.”
Electra [c. 418 B.C.], l. 1008

Which, is usually quoted on the internet as:
“Death is not the greatest of evils. It is worse to want to die, and not be able to.”

We hope you will join us on Tuesday night for the performance of Philoctetes on the library lawn at 7:00 p.m.. And just maybe someone might change their minds about Women of Trachis and allow it to be read. If not, mark your calendars for Saturday, October 1st, when the library will do a reading of the full play to celebrate Banned Books Week.

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1. Jill | Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

We will definitely be doing a library reading during banned books week. I’m sure a reading at Eight Cousins would be exciting as well.

2. Carol B Chittenden | Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Is there a way we could do Women of Trachis at Eight Cousins?  Our space is limited, but our minds are open.

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