"Alkestis" failed "to get the prize" when its author was competing with Sophocles.
It is so that the man speaks to and of the woman, in Balaustion's and Browning's Alkestis.
His allegiance to this vow is an act, and it shall be for Alkestis the test of his entire loyalty.
She will read him the Herakles, read it as, at Syracuse, she spoke the Alkestis.
And she answered: "I will recite the last play he wrote from first to last—Alkestis—his strangest, saddest, sweetest song."
As Alkestis is the heroine of self-sacrifice, Admetos is the hero of hospitality.
Alkestis herself had made the pact with Apollo to die for her husband.
Then there is the crux of the play—Alkestis is to die for Admetos, and does it.
He meets and conquers Death and brings back Alkestis alive to her husband.
The soul of Alkestis in one look entered into that of Admetos; she died, but he is entirely guiltless of agreeing to her death.