πτύσας, with loathing: Aesch. PV 1069 (speaking of treason) “κοὐκ ἔστι ϝόσος ι τῆσδ᾽ ἥντιν᾽ ἀπέπτυσα μᾶλλον.” ὠσεί τε δυσμενῆ (“οὖσαν”), and as if she were a foe. For “πτύσας” connected by τε with an adj. in a different case, see n. on 381 “σέ γ᾽ ἀπιστοῦσαν...ἄγουσι...καὶ...καθελόντες”. In El. 234 we have “μάτηρ ὡσεί τις πιστά”: but nowhere in Attic poetry do we find the epic and lyric use of “ὡσεί τε” as merely=“ὡσεί” (Il. 2.780, Pind. 1. 44, etc.). And, as we have seen, it is needless to assume it here. Yet supposed difficulties about “φίλος” and “ὡσεί τε” have led Nauck to propose that vv. 652—654 should be made into two, thus: “γένοιτ᾽ ἂν ἕλκος μεῖζον; ἀλλ᾽ ἀποπτύσας ι τὴν παῖδ᾽ ἐν Ἅιδου τήνδε νυμφεύειν μέθες”.
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