καίτοι, ‘however.’ Odysseus, who is not naturally “δύσοργος” (377), has quickly recovered his self-control. He recalls his threat of violence—speaking as if he had not heard N.'s reply. He now leaves the scene—in the hope that his parting threat will suffice—but remains near, to watch unseen. At the crisis he again interposes (1293),—as in v. 974. ἐλθών: cp. El. 1033“ἐλθοῦσα μητρὶ ταῦτα πάντ᾽ ἔξειπε σῇ”.
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