ὡς ἔπος εἰπεῖν. This qualifies the negatives in the clause, like paene dixerim: “Barely consenting to be sundered for even a moment.” καὶ οἱ διατελοῦντες κτλ. “It is these who continue in fellowship their life long, although they could not so much as say what gain they expect from one another.” Schleierm. misses the force of οὗτοι by making it direct antecedent to οἵ (“diese sind es welche” etc.). For the thought of this passage, cp. 181 D, 183 E, Phaedrus 254 A ff., 255 E ff. τούτου ἕνεκα, i.e. τῆς τῶν ἀφρ. συνουσίας ἕνεκα.
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