The messenger belongs to Hippolytus’ group of friends, and he is present in the crowd that escorts Hippolytus to his exile. He witnesses the earthquake, wave, and divine bull that kill Hippolytus on the shore, and returns to the palace to report it. Since this climax happened offstage, the messenger has the task of making it vivid to his listeners in his one appearance.
Messenger Quotes in Hippolytus
The Hippolytus quotes below are all either spoken by Messenger or refer to Messenger. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Oxford University Press edition of Hippolytus published in 1992.).
Lines 1728-2208 Quotes
King, I am your slave, but don’t ask me
To believe that your son was guilty.
I couldn’t, not if the whole female sex
And all the timber on Mount Ida
Were sliced up to write suicide notes.
I know he was a good man.
Messenger Character Timeline in Hippolytus
The timeline below shows where the character Messenger appears in Hippolytus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.