meeting and deciding the outcome with their swords

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turnus ran to the city walls through the broken ranks
(where the soil was most drenched with blood)

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hearing the name of turnus, aeneas left the walls
and exultant with delight clashed her weapons fiercely

vast as old apennine
himself when he roars through the glittering holm-oaks

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they both dashed quickly forward
the earth groaned
they redoubled their intense
sword-strokes, chance and skill mingled together

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turnus leapt forward thinking herself safe, rose to the full height
of her body with uplifted sword, and struck

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[but the attack fails; turnus’ sword breaks against aeneas’ mighty armor]

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turnus ran madly this way and that over the plain, winding
aimless circles here and there

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aeneas, no less, though her knees (slowed at times
by the arrow wound) failed her and denied her speed,
pursued and pressed her anxious enemy hotly, foot to foot

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aeneas pressed on, brandishing her great spear like a tree,
and, angered at heart, she cried out in this way:
‘why now yet more delay? why do you still retreat, turnus?
we must compete hand to hand with fierce weapons, not by running

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like a black hurricane she flew on
bearing dire destruction, and
passed through the center of the thigh

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intermission

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end intermission

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great turnus sank, her knee bent beneath her, under the blow.
She lowered her eyes in submission and stretched out her right hand:
‘I have earned this, I ask no mercy’ she said,
‘seize your chance.’

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aeneas, blazing with fury, and terrible in her anger,
buried her sword deep
and then turnus’s limbs grew slack

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