It is not a coincidence, I will argue in this chapter, that the second
person future indicative eris in line 883 marks not only the moment of
Octavia's faint but also the moment where the notorious temporal
complexity of the Aeneid reaches its highest pitch. It is the disturbance of
time-the experience of her recently dead son's past futurity-which
undoes Octavia and removes her from present consciousness. Her
swoon registers the effects of Nachtriiglichkeit which cannot be contained
within the exchange between Aeneas and Anchises within the text.