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ἀλλ᾽ ὅμως: corresponds to μέν in 21. διαδυομένη: slipping through. Cf. “serpit enim nescio quo modo per omnium vitas amicitia” Cic. de Am. xxiii. 87. διὰ τὴν ἀρετήν: contrasted with φύσει 21. On the one hand, love and hate work as natural powers in men; on the other, the acquired and cultivated virtue in men controls their lives as it will. αἱροῦνται μέν: followed by καὶ δύνανται instead of δύνανται δέ, the καί strengthening the statement somewhat. τοῖς τῶν ὡραίων ἀφροδισίοις: see on i.3.8, 10. ἡδόμενοι: concessive. ἐγκαρτερεῖν: to control their desires, not to be joined with ἡδόμενοι.
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