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I stress the plural here--creations (or what Alister McGrath, in a recent Lewis biography, calls "supposals")--to point, again, to the fact that the representations of an unseen but beloved reality are, by imaginations very nature, fecund, plural, and multifarious.
(22) Coleridge writes that "the very last [dream] which awoke [him]" on March 4, 1805, was a completed Night-Mair, as it gave [my italics--R.T.] the idea and sensation of actual grasp or touch contrary to my will, & in apparent consequence of the malignant will of the external Form, actually appearing or (as sometimes happens) believed to exist/in which latter case tho' I have two or three times felt a horrid touch of Hatred, a grasp, or a weight, of Hate and Horror abstracted from all (Conscious) form or supposal of Form/ an abstract touch/an abstract grasp--an abstract weight!
In a memorable phrase of Joachim's, "every supposal must fall within a gap of ignorance circumscribed by knowledge." (16)
James' "person is not inclosed for a few." Rather, he is endowed with the "royal virtue of access, which nature and judgment have planted in your Majesty's mind as the portal of all the rest." Bacon was also encouraged by "a supposal that unto your Majesty's sacred ears (open to the air of all virtues) there might perhaps have come some small breath of the good memory of my father," Nicholas Bacon, the late Lord Keeper.
As described in her textbook, the subjunctive is a mood used "in matters of supposal, desire, possibility" (p.
"We don't like it, but we're getting there," said Senate Democratic Leader Kate Brown, who called the ideas "supposals" because they were too speculative to be considered legitimate proposals.
He stressed that they were suppositions--what he called supposals. Lewis tried to answer the question of what might Christ look like if he entered another world.
Pitter's sense that this bird was more at home with humans than other birds may be more imagined than real, yet it offers her solace because it suggests that fear can be overcome: "And I will keep the skull, for in the hollow here / Lodged the minute brain that had outgrown fear: / Transcended an old terror, and found a new love, / And entered a strange life, a world it was not of." If her supposals about the sparrow are accurate, Pitter finds a catalyst for dealing with her own fears about the wearying effects of the war and the rushing tide of Nazism: "Even so, dread God!