But your wife Andromache is not at home
You are white-armed ANDROMACHE. Hector finds you near the Scaean Gate. A maid is holding your son. You weep, and plead with your husband to stay inside the city. You remind him how much he means to you - as all your family are dead (father and seven brothers all killed by Achilles). "Don't make your son an orphan and your wife a widow!" Hector says he must return to the battle: but he knows Troy is doomed to fall. He foresees your future: a wretched slave in Argos. That is why he has to fight. Hector holds out his arms to his son, but the boy is scared of the great helmet.

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