On softness something might be made of the soft sand in Longus 1.1.2 καὶ ἡ θάλασσα προσέκλυζεν ἠϊόνι ἐκτεταμένηι ψάμμου μαλθακῆι, grass in 1.2.1 δρυμὸς ἦν καὶ λόχμη βάτων καὶ κιττὸς ἐπιπλανώμενος καὶ πόα μαλθακή, Daphnis’ skin touched by Chloe 1.13.2 καὶ τὰ νῶτα δὲ ἀπολουούσης ἡ σὰρξ ὑπέπιπτε μαλθακή.

Cruelty: a dismissive lover is cruel, but can love be cruel, or only πικρός?