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It thus appears that Laius had either journeyed in response to unsolved Sphinxian "troubles" or else had departed prior to their advent, with initial word of his death delayed until the solving of the riddle had become the city's paramount concern.
The Chorus's timely complaint serves here as a fitting conclusion, for Sophocles's work uncannily takes on a Sphinxian shape of many to which there seems no one solution.