While “hic” could be translated as a demonstrative adjective, in this case it makes sense to translate it adverbially as “here,” emphasizing Narcissus’ location near the fountain. Alliteration links the aspects of the place that Narcissus is drawn to and adumbrates the link between beautiful appearances and the water where Narcissus will see a beautiful face reflected.
Present active indicative, translated here (like other verbs in the present active indicative in this passage) as the historical present. The repet...
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... that it was himself that he saw there.
Here “in illis” is translated as “in these,” taking “bracchia” as the antecedent of “illis.” “In illis” could, however, also be translated as “in these waters,” with “aquis” as the antecedent of “illis.” The first possibility emphasizes Narcissus’ efforts—and failure—to make physical contact.
The polyptoton in this line (“videat” and “videt”) underlines again the theme of vision in the passage. The use of the indicative to describe vision that fuels Narcissus’ desire (“videt, uritur”), but the subjunctive to describe what he knows about what he sees (“videat, nescit”), highlights the paradox of vision leading to desire but not necessarily to knowledge.
The word order of the final phrase of the passage, which begins with “oculos” and concludes with “error,” reflects once more the theme of vision giving way to misunderstandings.
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