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If ever you will deign to come again to the Café de 1'Univers at Carcassone, we will esteem it a great honour. W. J. Locke, The Joyous Advent, of Arist. Pu jol, Ch. I, 23. ii. Had any of us ventured upon a whispered congratulation, we would have had our head punched, I feel confident. Jerome, Paul Keiver.

V- Again, as in the case of /, the use of would instead of should may be less exceptionable before verbs expressing a wishing or liking.

VI. In this connection mention may be made of the all but regularuse of will (would) after we when the speaker wishes to express an intention whose fulfilment, from motives of courtesy, he represents to be dependent on the pleasure of his interlocutor(s). In this case the notion of volition is so slight as to be almost negligible. The Dutch, accordingly, has zullen, not willen. Compare 32.

To-morrow is our wedding-day, | And we will then repair | Unto the Bell of Edmonton | All in a chaise and pair. Cowper, John Gilpin. We will resumé our studies, Mr. Feeder, in half an hour. Dick, D o m b, Ch. XII, 107.

I'il raise your salary and endeavour to assist your struggling family, and we will discuss your affairs this very afternoon. id, C h r i s t m. C a r, V. "We will resumé yesterday's discourse, young ladies," said he," and you shall each read a page by turns. Thack, Van. Fair, I, Ch. VIII, 82. Something or some one has been troubiing you. But we will not talk of it now, you shall rest first. Edna Lyall, K n i g-h t E r r a n t, Ch. V, 38. If you are ready, we will start at once. Sweet, N. E. G r, § 457.

The force of we will appears clearly from a comparison with a subsequent we shall in:

I teil you what we'11 do. You shall pretend that you are engaged to somebody else, and 111 pretend that I am not engaged to anybody, and then we shan't quarrel. Dick, Edw. Drood, Ch. UI, 34.

The following quotation shows that will {wouutj is also met with when there is no question of the interlocutor's pleasure being consulted.

"After we have been in the Park, we can walk to Kensington Gardens, if Mr. Titmarsh will be good enough to accompany us." — "Indeed Fanny, we will do no such thing," says Lady Jane. — "Indeed, but we will though!" shrieked out Lady Drum. Thack, Sam. Titm., Ch. III, 28.

VII. Sometimes we find we will alternating with with we shall in one and the same sentence, or sequence of sentences, although the functions to be expressed appear to be absoluteiy identical, so that one can hardly suppress the thought that the difference between the two verbs has faded to such a degree as to justify the writer in using them alternately for the sake of variety.

Til answer for that boy's truth with my life!" saidMr.Brownlow,knocking the table. — "And I for his ialsehood with my head!" rejoined Mr. Grim wig, knocking the table also. — "We shall see", said Mr. Brownlow, checking his rising anger. — "We will", replied Mr. Grimwig, with a provoking smile; we will." Dick, 01. Twist, Ch. XIV, 138.

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