φρενί, wish, purpose: cp. 1182: Ant. 993 “οὔκουν πάρος γε σῆς ἀπεστάτουν φρενός”. The decisive objection to the conjecture χερί is that the assistance meant by ξυμπαραστήσει is moral, and φρενί marks this. The proposed reading would make the verb too suggestive of the “δορὸς...ἐν χειμῶνι...παραστάτης” (Ant. 670).
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