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μετασπᾶν, to snatch to the other side (cp. “μετακινεῖν, μεταπείθειν” etc.), found only here, but not open to just suspicion, though Blaydes changes it to “μ᾽ ἀποσπᾶν”. So “μεθέλκειν” in Anth. Plan. 5. 384.

σκληρὰ μαλθακῶς λέγων, putting hard purposes into soft words: disguising the ungenerous treatment which was really contemplated (399) under the name of a recall to home and friends (757). For the verbal contrast cp. Epicharmus fr. 121 πονηρέ, μὴ τὰ μαλακὰ μώεο μὴ τὰ σκλήρ᾽ ἔχῃς”, "woo not softness, lest thou wed hardness." Arist. Rhet. 3.7.10῾σπεακινγ οφ τηε ρελατιον το βε οβσερϝεδ βετωεεν τηε σουνδς οφ ωορδς, ανδ τηε τονες οφ τηε ορατορ᾽ς ϝοιξἐ ἐὰν οὖν τὰ μαλακὰ σκληρῶς καὶ τὰ σκληρὰ μαλακῶς λέγηται, ἀπίθανον γίγνεται”. Cp. 1406.

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    • Aristotle, Rhetoric, 3.7.10
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