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πότερον (sc. χαλεπὸν ᾔσθησαι), ὅτι: is it because. πότερον is correlative to ἤ below. τοῖς μέν, ἐμοὶ δέ: for μέν with subordinate effect, see on τὸ σὸν μὲν ὄμμα i. 4. 17. ἧττον (with παρέχοντα): to a less degree. χαλεπώτερα: pred. after ὄντα (to be supplied from the following sent.), with which διαιτήματα is acc. abs. with ὡς, while ἐμοῦ ἐσθίοντος in the preceding sent. is gen. absolute. G. 1568, 1570; H. 970, 974. ἥδιστα: with greatest relish. Cf. ἡδέως i. 3. 5. Note the assonance of ἥδιστα, ἥκιστα. μὴ παρόντος: not at hand.
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