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δέδοικα μὴἥκῃ. Though ἥκει is tenable (‘I fear that it certainly has come’), ἥκῃ seems better, since there is still a real uncertainty and anxiety in their minds. See on El. 580.ἥκοι, which was the common reading, is of course impossible here.)

πῶς γάρ, sc.ἄλλως ἔχει;” Normally, “πῶς γάρ” follows a negative statement, as in El. 911οὐδ᾽ αὖ σύ: πῶς γάρ;” (sc.ἔδρασας”): while “πῶς γὰρ οὔ” follows an affirmative, as ib. 1307 “οἶσθα μὲν τἀνθένδε, πῶς γὰρ οὔ;” The use of “πῶς γάρ” here is thus peculiar, though the sense is clear.

εἰ πεπαυμένος κ.τ.λ. The fact that despair has succeeded to frenzy argues that he is under the spell of some angry god. When the malady passed away, his mind ought to have recovered a healthy tone. They had already hinted at a “θεία νόσος” as a possibility (186).

μηδέν τι: Eur. Andr. 1234μηδέν τι λίαν”: Eur. Alc. 522οὐδέν τι μᾶλλον οἶδα”.

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