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palluerat, ‘grew instant pale,’ the instantaneousness of the act being expressed by describing the succeeding state as already existing. Cf. III. 330, Liv.i. XII. 10, Prop.iv. XVIII. 15(where see Postgate), and the following passages in Virgil, Aen.VIII. 219 Aen., IX. 799 Aen., X. 546 Aen., XII. 430, and especially II. 257, where Conington refers to an exactly parallel use of the perfect in X. 262. A similar parallel to the present passage is XI. 110 (in the story of Midas), “tollit humo saxum: saxum quoque palluit auro”. Roby notices the use of the perfect only, § 1477. aether, ‘the sky.’ Cf. 110 n. I. 26, “ignea convexi vis et sine pondere caeli...proximus est aer illi levitate locoque”, XIV. 846. For parallels to the darkening of the sky cf. II. 329, XI. 570.
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