mind, which are understood as the head-sentence of another hypothetical clause. See the treatise on Mood, 40, Obs. VI, a. O Rome! I make thee promise, | If the redress will follow, thou receiyest 1 Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus. Shak., Jul. Caes., li, 1, 57. "Pray forgive me, Miss Manette. I break down before the knowledge of what I want to say to you. Will you hear me?" — "If it will do you any good, Mr. Carton, if it would make you happier, it would make me very glad." Dick., A Tale of Two Cities, I, Ch. XIII, 172, "Will you let me believe, when I recall this day, that the last confidence of my life was reposed in your pure and innocent breast, and that it lies there alone, and will be shared by no one?" — "If that will be a consolation to you, yes?" ib., II, Ch. XIII, 174.
I'll come down to your office after one o'clock if it will suit you. G. Eliot, Fel. Holt, I, Ch. II, 59.
"And you'll go to Freeman Founders to dine with him, won't you?" — "Yes, if it will please you." Shaw, Candida, I, (139). T. But the use of will is quite uncalled-for and distinctly dialectal in such sentences as:
If you will be ready about eleven, I will show you'the gardens. El. Glyn, The Reason Why, Ch, XXXV, 328.
For discussion of shall and will in conditional clauses see also the treatise on Mood, 37 f, in which, however, the legitimate use of will has, erroneously, been tentatively branded as dialectal. In the head-sentence of adverbial clauses of time or condition the verb is normally placed in the future tense, when what is described in them has yet to come into fulfilment. He will enter upon his duties as soon as his health is thoroughly restored. They will stay at home if this rain continues.
Sometimes we find this verb in the present tense, the implied futurity being mixed or unmixed with some other notion. (82 ff.) Then it is understood? When Wilfrid brings his wife to you, you receive her with all kindness? I have your promise? Gissing, A Life's Morning, Ch. XXV, 341.
If he come not, then the play ismarred: it goes not forward. Shak, Mids, IV, 2, 6
But you know if your son, when of age, refuses to marry his cousin, her whole fortune is then at her own disposal. Goldsmith, She Stoops, V, (231).
Unless I see Amelia's ten thousand down, you don't marry her. Thack, Van. Fair, I, Ch. XIII, 133.
Let your name be mentioned in the Gazette, and I'll engage the old father
relents towards you. ib, I, Ch. XXV, 258. (The Iogical apodosis is the old
father relents towards you, the phrase VU engage, although the grammatical
apodosis, is no more than an adverbial adjunct of mood, approximately
equivalent to certainly. Compare also 41.)
The following is a curious instance of divided practice:
Laugh and the world laughs with you: frown and you'll wrinkle your face,
P ro v e r b.