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[525] Ajax, I wish that pity touched your heart as it does mine. Then you would approve her words.

She will have approval as far as I am concerned, if only she takes heart and graciously does my bidding.

Dear Ajax, I will obey you in everything.

[530] Then bring me my son, so that I may see him.

But in my fear I released him from my keeping.

Because of these troubles of mine? Or what do you mean?

Yes, for fear that somehow the poor child would get in your way, and die.

Yes, that would have been truly worthy of my destiny.

[535] Well, at least I took care to avert that disaster.

I approve of your action and of your foresight.

How, then, can I serve you, as things stand now?

Let me speak to him and see him face to face.

Oh, yes—he is close by, watched by our servants.

[540] Then why is his presence delayed?

My child, your father calls you. Bring him here, servant, whichever of you is guiding his steps.

Is the man coming? Or has he missed your call?

Here now one of the servants approaches with him.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Ajax, 693
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Philoctetes, 1289
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    • William Watson Goodwin, Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb, Chapter II
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