An I might live to see thee married once, | I have my wish. Shak, R o m. and J u 1, I, 3, 61.
Now, Brutus, thank yourself: | This tongue had not offended so today, | /ƒ Cassius might have ruled. id, Jul. Caes, V, 1, 47.
In the following quotation, however, might may have the same function as Dutch mocht, English should:
She said that she would die a maid; — | Yet, might the bloody feud be stay'd, | Henry of Cranstown, and only he, | Margaret of Branksome's choice should be. Scott, Lay of the Last Minst r e I, II, XXIX.
VII. d) Hypothetical clauses of rejected condition sometimes stand
by themselves, i. e- their apodosis is not expressed as not being clearly present to the speaker's mind. Thus especially such as are introduced by suppose.
i. Suppose Mirah knew how you are behaving. G. Eliot. Dan Der, III, IV, Ch. XLVII, 54.
ii. Suppose it should not be done enough! Suppose it should break in turning outl Suppose somebody should have got over the wall of the back-yard, and stolen it, while they were merry with the goose: a supposition at which the two young Cratchits became livid. All sorts of horrors were supposed. Dick, Christm. Car, III, 71. But suppose the whole scheme should turn out to be a castle in the air. G. Eliot, M i d. V, Ch. XLV, 334.
iii. Suppose I were to try it. Sher, R i v, III, 3.
Suppose we were to go — Shakespeare, you know, mother — we can get horses from the Clavering Arms. Thack, Pend,I,Ch.VI,68. b) Also such as open with // and have the value of optative sentences denoting an idle wish (10, Obs. I) are common enough, at least in literary language. /ƒ I had only been there I Onions, Adv. Eng. S y n t, § 42, 5. Note. It may here be observed in passing that also hypothetical clauses of open condition, i. e. such as have the verb in the indicative (or subjunctive), frequently have the apodosis suppressed. For illustration see also Ch. XVII, 72 of my Gram. of Late Mod. Eng.
Suppose you come down to us for a week. THack, Sam. Titm, Ch. VI, 68.
VIII. Should is often met with in subordinate statements and adnominal clauses which imply rejected condition. It deserves attention that its meaning in this case corresponds rather to were to than should as used in conditional clauses of rejected condition.