My poor children, do not weep. I have sent my brother-in-law, Creon, to consult the oracle about this curse.
King Oedipus, our great and noble King, a terrible plague has befallen our city. Produce cannot grow & Women suffer in labor.
CREON IS COMING!
the people suggested that they consult the seer, Tiresias...
The curse was caused by "pollution" brought by the killer of King Laius and the city can only be cleansed by banishing or killing the suspect. That is what the Oracle says the Gods order.
I declare that the killer must show themselves and I will banish him so he will not be accepted anywhere else.
HE WAS MURDERED THERE?! WHEN DID THIS MURDER HAPPEN? AND WHAT DID HE LOOK LIKE? WHO WAS HE WITH?
If you, King Oedipus, insist that I give you an answer when I clearly do not want to, then fine. YOU are the unholy polluter of this city.
Who told you to say those things? That is no prophecy! I am sure Creon told you to say these in order for him to take my throne.
Why, unhappy men, do you stir up this unwelcome revolution of the tongue? Aren’t you ashamed to stir private evils when the land is so sick? Come inside, and you, Creon, return home; don’t make this foolish grief into something big.
I have come here because I heard you you said horrible things about me!
You have the audacity to show your face in my home? Do you think I'm a fool? I know of your schemes and your treachery!
What prompted such anger from the both of you?
Oh, free your mind from things oracles have said for a prophecy had also been told to King Laius before that his child, born from me, will be the one to kill him. Worry not for we had bound the baby's ankles together and ordered someone to send him into the wilderness of the mountains. In addition, King Laius was murdered where the three wagon-roads meet.
He accused me of being the killer of King Laius after the seer, Tiresias, said so.
It happened just before you took rule of this city. He was tall, his hair just sprinkled with white like snow, though his figure was not far from yours. At that time he was seeking for an oracle, he was traveling with five men in total, among them a herald, and a single chariot that carried Laius.