πάλιν: const. with “ἐξελκομένοιο” although a pause intervenes. This is added as a more definite statement of “ἐξ.—ἄγεν [ἐάγησαν”, from “ἄγνυμι”]: the barbs broke as they were pulled back against the metal belt. This reminds the hearer how serious the wound would have been if the arrow had not been guided by Athena to a well protected spot.
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