3. “And of the children, inmates of his home, He shall be proved the brother and the sire, Of her who bare him son and husband both, Co-partner, and assassin of his sire.”

This passage is a prophecy from Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex. It is delivered by the blind prophet Tiresias to King Oedipus, revealing the tragic fate that awaits him. The prophecy foretells that Oedipus will unknowingly marry his own mother and father children with her, becoming both their son and husband. The reference to “assassin of his sire” foreshadows Oedipus’s role in the death of his father, King Laius. This prophecy sets the stage for the unfolding of the tragic events in the play, as Oedipus attempts to escape his fate but ultimately fulfills it unwittingly.

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