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data . . . trahentem, ‘plying wearily the task assigned,’ or literally ‘spinning the given weight of wool,’ for such was the usual task of female slaves. Cf. Her.III. 75(Briseis Achilli) “nos humiles famulaeque tuae data pensa trahcmus, et minuent plenas stamina nostra colos”. Trahentem is in point both physically in the sense of drawing a continuous thread from the glomus or clew of wool, and metaphorically in its association just noticed with prolonged labour. A like double use is noticed by Dr. Ellis on Cat. LXIV. 310 (of the Fates spinning) “aeternumque manus carpebant rite laborem” (“carpebant, ‘were busy with,’ a word chosen here from its double use of pulling the fluff off wool, carpentes pensa, G. I. i. 390, and pursuing a way or assigned course.”)

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