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[673] στυγνὸς ... περάσῃς “thou art seen to be sullen when thou yieldest, but fierce when thou hast gone far in wrath”: i.e., as thou art fierce in passion, so art thou sullen in yielding. Greek idiom co-ordinates the clauses, though the emphasis is on στυγνὸς μὲν εἴκων, which the other merely enforces by contrast: see on 419.

βαρὺς bearing heavily on the object of anger, and so, “vehement,” “fierce”: Soph. Aj. 1017δύσοργος, ἐν γήρᾳ βαρύς,Soph. Aj. 656μῆνιν βαρεῖαν”: Soph. Phil. 1045βαρύς τε καὶ βαρεῖαν ξένος φάτιν τήνδ᾽ εἶπε”: Soph. Ant. 767νοῦς δ᾽ ἐστὶ τηλικοῦτος ἀλγήσας βαρύς.

περάσῃς absol., = πρόσω ἔλθῃς: Soph. OC 154περᾷας,” (you go too far), Soph. OC 885πέραν περῶσ᾽ οἵδε δή.

θυμοῦ, partitive gen.: cp. Hom. Il. 2.785διέπρησσον πεδίοιο”: Hdt. 3.105προλαμβάνειν ... τῆς ὁδοῦ”: sometimes helped by a prep. or adverbial phrase, as Xen. Apol. 30προβήσεσθαι πόρρω μοχθηρίας”: 2 Epist. Tim. 2.16 ἐπὶ πλεῖον γὰρ προκόψουσιν ἀσεβείας. —Others render: “resentful [or “remorseful”] even when thou hast passed out of wrath”: but (a) περάσῃς with a simple gen. could not bear this sense: (b) the antithesis pointed by μὲν and δὲ is thus destroyed.

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