1st act, 1st scene
Antigone: Ismene, my sister, my dearest, our brother is dead and unburied shall he lie, for Kreon hath set forth and ranked highest this constraint which declares *burial.5 But, nay, I cannot comply with that hierarchy.
Ismene: My dear, my beloved sister! Thou wouldst bury him and violate that highest-
Kreon: Thus is the spirit of my theorising: [πατριώτης] shall be the feature which shall prevail in our city of Thebes. And it shall be proclaimed to all dwellers within the walls of noble Thebes
Messenger: My liege! Despite all rankings, all hierarchies, there hath been violation of thy royal constraint.
Kreon: What sayest thou? Alas! I fear that I might lose my hitherto strict and unquestioned domination over all possible candidates that could have done the deed.
2nd act, 1st scene
Kreon: Thou hast been seen violating my royal constraint,6 however opaque was the night. Tell me thou! Knewest thou that *burial is ranking highest?
Antigone: I knew it, how could I help it? It was transparent.
Kreon: Still thou wast not Faithful to the constraint. Why couldst thou not align with other Thebans?
Antigone: Thou rankedst thy constraint locally, in this town, only. But in UG7,8 ’tis different, and faithfulness to kinsfolk is required.
Kreon: ’Tis determined, then, that she shall pass to the world of the dead.
Ismene: If thou art broyges with her, then I shall share her sort, for we are of the same ancestor node!9
Antigone: Nay, my sister, I will not suffer thee to do that.
3rd act, 1st scene
Kreon: Lo, Haimon, my son! Thou canst not possibly be sympathetic with the maid,10 for thee knowest that if there was licensing of her misdeed, then I could not govern here,11 and therefore12 nor couldst thou, some day in the future of Derivational History. Nay, do not thou think too much of her, since she was no optimal candidate for thou, and no less shouldst thou require of thy future spouse. Antigone shall perish, be counterfed to death.
2nd & 3rd scene
Antigone: (wandering among syntactic trees13) [ɑ:::x]! Here I am, proceeding toward the realm of silence. My fate hath doomed me. The world of empty elements is calling me... welcoming a new null-
4th act, 1st scene
(In which a group of old men communicate with tAntigone, but they use telepathy,14,15 so if you don’t already know what they’re saying, you’ll never know.)
The first coming of the prophet Tiresias.16
Teirésias (the great old master of zeromancy,17,18 who had the annoying habit of expressing himself in French19 to make himself sound more mysterious, pronounces the following words, famously not fully understood by Kreon, whose French was rather rudimentary): Ô Kréôn, fils de Ménoikeus, songe à ceci: Un mort peut en cacher un autre!
Chorus: Thou heardest the dread prophecy! Grant the maiden the delayed release! Bury Polyneikes!
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Next time: Kreon buries Polyneikes, but Antigone and Haimon kill themselves20 in a dramatic scene.21 Eurydiki, Haimon’s mother, is told what happens, but leaves without saying a word22 and later kills herself, too.
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