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[1517] The words οἶσθ᾽ ἐφ᾽ οἶς οὖν εἶμι; were said with some return of his former agitation: λέξεις κ.τ.λ. is said by Creon with calm, grave courtesy; they have nothing in them of such irony as, “I shall know when you are pleased to tell me.” So Aesch. Seven 260 ET. αἰτουμένῳ μοι κοῦφον εἰ δοίης τέλος: “would that thou couldst grant me a light boon.” XO. λέγοις ἂν ὡς τάχιστα, καὶ τάχ᾽ εἴσομαι (i.e. and then I shall know if I can serve thee).

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