Scene 3 provides an important bit of information

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Scene 3 provides an important bit of information: it indicates Pyrrhus' thorough indifference to  Hermione. Conversely, his impatient dismissal of Phoenix at Andromache's appearance shows the  extent of his love for her. The play's development depends largely upon Pyrrhus' feeling for the two  women. The intimations of greatness that Pyrrhus gave in his contemptuous rejection of Orestes' demands  are exposed as a sham in his behavior toward Andromache in Scene 4. His protection of her son  was not prompted by compassion but by self-interest. It is a weapon to put pressure on Andromache.  Astyanax is, after all, negotiable. His safety must be paid for by Andromache's love. Pyrrhus turns  out to be not a fearless knight but a crude blackmailer. Brutal soldier that he is, he minces no words,  either in his concessions or in his threats. His crudity only aggravates a conflict that is basically irreconcilable. Andromache cannot possibly 
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