Carol was ready to say, "How about Bernard Shaw?" when he treacherously went on, "How would it be then to give a Greek drama—say ’Oedipus Tyrannus’?"
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Freud named a psychological disorder after mythical King Oedipus. Freud described an Oedipus complex as appearing in children between the age of three and five who are thought to want to sexually possess the parent of their opposite gender, and exclude the parent who shares their gender.
It would have required the penetration of Oedipus or the Sphinx to have divined the irony the count concealed beneath these words, apparently uttered with the greatest politeness.