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quodque potest, pugnet, ‘and fight, 'tis all he can.’ Cf. I. 657, “quodque unum potes, ad mea verba resurgis”. There is a play on the literal and metaphorical senses of pugnare, as Ajax was great only on the battlefield, and the reference here is to a battle of words. Cf. 285 n. remoratur, ‘strives to stay,’ R. § 591 (3), and cf. 223 n.
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