τί τοῦτ᾽ ἂν εἰκάς., sc. “εἶναι”: what wouldst thou conjecture this to be (or, to mean)? The optat. ending used here was the usual one in Attic: cp. O.T. 843 n. ἐσθλὸν ἢ κακόν: cp. on 40.— A silent exit is similarly a prelude to disaster in the case of Deianeira (Tr. 813). Iocasta, too, quits the scene, not, indeed, without a word, yet with a reticence which is called “σιωπή” (O.T. 1075).
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