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TENTH SITUATION 39

and its resulting state of overexcitation, and followed by the murder of the outraged victim, by regrets before the beautiful corpse, by the repugnant work of dismemberment or concealment of the body; then by a disgust for life and by successive blunders which lead to the discovery of the criminal.

B — Abduction of a Consenting Woman: — "The Abduction of Helen" by Sophocles, and the comedy of the same name but not upon the same subject, by Lope. Numberless other comedies and romances.

C (1) — Recapture of the Woman Without the Slaying of the Abductor: — Euripides' "Helen;" "Malati and Madhava," by Bhavabhuti (the poet "of voice divine"). Rescue of a sister: "Iphigenia in Taurus."

(2) — The Same Case, With the Slaying of the Ravisher: — "Mahaviracharita," by Bhavabhuti; "Hanouman" (a collaborative work); "Anarghara-ghava" (anonymous); "The Message of Angada," by Soubhata; "Abhirama Mani," by Soundara Misra; "Hermoine" by Sophocles.

D (1) — Rescue of a Captive "Friend: — "Richard Coeur-de-Lion," by Sedaine and Gretry. A great number of escapes, historic and fictitious.

(2) — Of a Child: — "L'Homme de Proie" (Lefevre and Laporte, 1908).

(3) — Of a Soul in Captivity to Error: — "Barlaam and Josaphat," a fourteenth-century Miracle. The deeds of the Apostles, of missionaries, etc.