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ἀλλά: “well, now,” a lively expression of assent. πρόσθεν μέν, νῦν δέ: although formerly, now however. Only the second clause is introduced by ὥστε. For μέν equivalent to while, see on i.4.17. οὐ προσιέμην δανείσασθαι: I would have nothing to do with borrowing. ὃ ἂν λάβω, ἕξω. For the retention of the direct forms in indirect discourse, see on ἐποίει ii. 6. 13. εἰς ἔργων ἀφορμήν: to provide materials for their work. ὑπομενεῖν: that I will bring myself. αὐτὸ ποιῆσαι: i.e. δανείζεσθαι.
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