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ἀλλὰ τί ἂν λέγοις: what would one have to say? “One need not waste words over such people.” Callicles, although at bottom himself a sophist, affects to despise the class in accordance with Gorgias' view concerning them. See Introd. § 8, especially note 22.

ὅταν τύχωσιν: has here much the force of “occasionally.” See on 518 c.

ταὐτόν: emphatic asyndeton, which as an answer to the question immediately preceding has the effect of a negation.

ἐγγὺς κτἑ.: on the use of the adverb, see Kr. 62, 2, 4. τὶ goes with it as τὶς with the adj., “pretty nearly.” See on 491 c.

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