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The chapter concludes with two observations on enthymemes in general. First, ‘Enthymemes of refutation are more popular and applauded than those of demonstration, because the former is a conclusion of opposites’ (the def. of ἔλεγχος; see Introd. p. 262, note 1) ‘in a small space (or narrow compass), and things are always made clearer to the listener by being placed side by side (close together, so as to admit of immediate comparison)’. This is repeated in nearly the same words, III 17. 13.

‘But of all syllogisms destructive or constructive, such are most applauded as those of which the results are at once (at the very begining, of the argument) foreseen: not because they are superficial (ἐπιπολῆς, I 15. 22, note ad loc., II 16 1)—for they (the hearers ‘are pleased themselves also with themselves at the same time’) are pleased (not only with the speaker and his enthymeme, but) with themselves also (ἅμα) for their sagacity in anticipating the conclusion: (and therefore they don't think it superficial)—and those which they are only just so far behind—which they can so nearly keep pace with—as to understand them (step by step) as they are delivered’.

ἅμα εἰρημένων] On this genitive, see note on II 8 11. [For the sense, compare III 10. 4.]

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