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ὅπου . . . λεγομένων: “wherever in the conversation it may chance,” i.e. “at some unexpected point in the conversation.”

ἐνέβαλε: the aor. here expresses the action as occurring suddenly and all at once. Cf.Rep.X. 609 a οὐκοῦν ὅταν τῴ τι τούτων προσγένηται, πονηρόν τε ποιεῖ προσεγένετο, καὶ τελευτῶν ὅλον διέλυσε καὶ ἀπώλεσε whenever therefore one of these infects anything, it makes the thing infected evil, and finally wholly destroys it, Symp. 188 b (Ἔρως) διαφθείρει τε πολλὰ καὶ ἠδίκησεν. For the gnomic aor., see G. 205, 2; H. 840.—The comparing of words to darts is not infrequent, cf. Symp. 219 b ἐγὼ ταῦτα εἰπών, καὶ ἀφεὶς ὥσπερ βέλη, τετρῶσθαι αὐτὸν ᾤμην, Hor. Sat. i. 4. 79 unde petitum hoc in me jacis?

συνεστραμμένον: (opp. to λελυμένον) twisted together, like a bowstring, where a slight distension gives great force, concise, pithy. Cf. contorta oratio, compressione rerum brevis (Cic. Brut. 29).

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