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[1037] πρὸς μητρός, πατρός; sc. ὄνειδος ἀνειλόμην (1035): “was it at the hands of mother or father (rather than at those of strangers) that I received such a brand?” The agitated speaker follows the train of his own thoughts, scarcely heeding the interposed remark. He is not thinking so much of his parents' possible cruelty, as of a fresh clue to their identity. Not: “was I so named by mother or father?” The name —even if it could be conceived as given before the exposure—is not the sting; and on the other hand it would be forced to take “named” as meaning “doomed to bear the name. ”

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