Now Heaven send she may be too sullen to look round. Sher., R i v, IV, 2.
I wish he may be an honest man, that's all. Dick., B a r n. Rudge, Ch. III, 12a.
"I hate the whole house", continued Miss Sharp in a fury, I hope I may never set eyes on it agaln. Thack, Van. Fair, I, Ch. II, 9.
I pray Heaven I may never see you again. Reade, 11 is never too late to mend, I, Ch. II, 33. T. In your case. . both originality and inspiration may continue to flourish and bring forth fruit, — I trust they may. Marie Corelli, The S o r r o w s of S a t a n, I, Ch. IV, 42. T. ii. I hoped the time might come when he would cease to lead the loneiy life he naturally contemplated now. Dick, Cop, Ch. XXXII, 231 b.
I hoped we might get among a different sort of people. G. Eliot, Dan. Der, I, 111, Ch. XX, 321. I wished fervently he might not discover my hiding-place. Ch. Brontë, J a n e E y r e, Ch. I, 4.
When thy knights | Sware, I sware with them only in the hope | That, could I touch or see the Hoiy Grail, | They might be pluck'd asunder. Ten., H o 1 y Grail, 777. Note the idiom in: / wish I may die if I like It. Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll, Ch. VIII,62. (— Dutch Ik mag sterven als het mij bevalt)
The phrase may also be found incorporated in a conditional sentence of rejected condition. If I hadn't been by at the cooking, / wish I may die, if I should have known the dish again myself. Sher, R i v, III, 4. The speaker's uncertainty being indubitably denoted by the import of the head-sentence, there is, naturally, no call for any verb indicating this mental attitude in the subordinate statement, unless particular difh'dence as to the wish or hope coming into fulfilment istobe expressed. Hence shall or will, as auxiliaries of the future tense, is often found instead of modal may, should or would taking the place of might in narrating past events.
i. I hope we shall never see you here again. Dick, Household Words (Stof, L e e s b, I, 52).
She trusts that her mother will be found In the same unsought way. G. Eliot, Dan. Der, i, III, Ch. XX, 335. After this strange career we part with him with a desire that he will live to carry out his final resolve. A c a d e m y.
ii. I ventured to express a hope that she would not refuse to see him in his treubie. Dick, C o p, Ch. XXXII, 232a.