“The point is, Helen’s been stolen, and the Greeks have to get her back. It’s always something, isn’t it?”
The speaker, an old Poet who has shuffled onstage in a heavy coat and hat, is here to tell us about the Trojan War. He’s been doing this since the time of Homer (must have really ticked off the gods to have pulled this duty), and the burden of reciting man’s bloody history has clearly taken its toll. Though it’s evident he’d rather be elsewhere, he’s here to go through the story one more time.