a case assumed for the sake of argument, or a general fact, the subjunctive being, in a manner, a symbol of the vagueness which attachés to the case. Thus often in proverbs.
Though the sore be healed, yet a scar may remaln.
Though the enemy seem a mouse, yet watch him like a Iion.
A diamond is valuable, though it lie on a dung-hlll.
Though modesty be a virtue, bashfulness is a vice.
Although a woman be not actually In love, she seldom hears without
a blush the name of a man whom she might love. Cowper. i)
c) Some, especially older, writers affect the use of the subjunctive also in concessive clauses describing a special present fact.
i. Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death | The memory be green [etc.]. Shak, Haml, I, 2, 2.
Here some forms of business are still kept up, though the soul be long since dead. Lamb, Es of E1, the South-Sea House,(3). How he became so rich is almost a puzzle; for, though the farm be his own, it is not large. Miss Mitford, Our V i 11 a g e, Ch. III, 29. Am I mad, that I should cherish that which bears but bitter fruit? | I will pluck it from my bosom, tho' my heart be at the root. Ten, L o c k s 1 e y Hall, 66.
ii. We must have him of our society tf it be only that I may win my money back from him. Thack, VIrg, Ch. XXVII, 28*.
d) In narrating past events the preterite subjunctive is used. Instances are, however, distinctly uncommon. Charming also (was) Mr Coffln, though he were a little proud and stately. Kinosley, Westw. H o.; Ch. IV, 326.
Obs. I. A frequent variant of the inflectional subjunctive in concessive clauses opening with though is a periphrasis with may (might). In this function may has the same meaning as it has in such sentences or clauses as The train may be late, as the train may be late, so that the train may be late, etc. Although it may seem incredlble, it is nevertheless true. Sweet, N. E. Gr., § 2307,
Tho' men may bleker with the things they love, | They would not make them laughable In all eyes. Ten, Ger. and En, 325. In general this document is a sound statement, and though it may please neither jingoes nor pacificists, it probably represents the views of the great body of middle opinion. At hen, No. 4625, 8a.
i) Matzn, Eng. Gram.,-' II, 134.