ἐν ἐλπίσιν τρέφω = ἐλπίζω. ἐν ἐλπίδι (or “ἐλπίσιν”) “εἰμί” was a common phrase. Cp. “ἐν πόθῳ λαβεῖν τι” (O. C. 1678).—φίλη μὲν … προσφιλὴς δέ: cp. 669 “καλῶς μὲν...εὖ δέ”, n.
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