αὐλαῖς, the “αὐλή” of the house; a poet. plur. like “νυμφεῖα” (920), “παρθενῶνες” ( Aesch. P. V.646), etc. κοῖλα is not merely a general epithet (as “κοίλην” of “κάπετον” in Ai.1165), but means that the litter (“φορεῖον”) was arranged so that the sufferer could lie in it as in a hammock,—with soft bedding on each side of him as well as beneath him. His agonies made this indispensable. στορνύνθ̓: Attic prose rarely uses this form, except in the aor. “ἐστόρεσα.—ἄψορρον ἀντῴη”, go back to meet him on his way from the harbour (804): cp. El.53“ἄψορρον ἥξομεν πάλιν”. Hyllus had entered the house immediately after his mother (820). His occupation reminded her that Heracles would soon arrive, and decided her to act at once.
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