*• "What have you done to your neck?" — "Oh, my wife put that knot in it, so's ld remember to get some things from town." Punch.
An interesting instance of the alternate use of might and should after that is afforded by the following quotation:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everiasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. B i b 1 e, J o h n, III, 16-17.
After lest the ordinary subjunctive equivalent is should, irrespective of the time-sphere; may and, in narrating past events, might being used as occasional variants. The variable practice is found not only when thfe clause is purely or mainly final, lest being practically equivalent to that... not, but also when it is predominantly causal, lest havingapproxlmately the value of because It ts feared that or some such phrase. In the following material the quotations in which the clause introduced by lest is purely or predominantly causal are marked with a dagger f:
i. f But lest you should not understand me well,... I would detain you here some month or two. Shak, Merch. of Ven, III, 2, 7. t D. Pedro. You have put him down, lady, you have put him down. Beat. So I would not he should dq me, my lord, lest I should prove the mother of fools. id, Much ado, II, 1, 295. f He would have been afraid to offer more (sc. than two pounds), lest he should off end the latter's delicacy. Thack, P e n d, I, Ch. V, 38.
f Tom Smart (dared not) stir . . . lest he should be seen. Mrs. Woód, O r v. Col, Ch. I, 21. T.
They set a strong guard lest any one should escape. Bain, H. E. Gr, 113.
They took away the knlfe lest he should cut hlmself. Sweet, N. E. Gr, § 296.
II. Mend your speech a little, lest It may mar your fortune. Shak, Lear, I.
iii. fLest that might not be sufficiënt, the housekeeper gave him the Heidelberg Catechism by way of dagger. Wash. Irv, Dolf Heyl. (Stof, H a n d 1, I, 120).
f He carried a brown-paper parcel, which he tried to cover with his trencher, kst curious eyes might be about. Mrs. Wood, O r v. C o 1, Ch. I, 16. T.
As a last word the Father begged of John to abstain from reference to anything that had happened at the hospital, /es/Brother