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οἰκτίρωλιπεῖν naturally suggests the meaning, ‘pity forbids me to leave her’; cp. Od. 20. 202οὐκ ἐλεαίρεις ἄνδρας”.. | “μισγέμεναι κακότητι”. But the words could also mean, ‘I feel pity at the thought of leaving her,’ implying that he does intend to leave her, though with pain; which would usually be “οἰκτίρω εἰ λείψω”.


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