τῷ μεθέντι: the reproach was like a random missile: Menander fr. 88 οὔτ᾽ ἐκ χερὸς μεθέντα καρτερὸν λίθον ι ῥᾷον κατασχεῖν, οὔτ᾽ ἀπὸ γλώσσης λόγον. The dat., because δυσφόρως τοὔνειδος ἦγον = ὠργίζοντο ἕνεκα τοῦ ὀνείδους.
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