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VERBS, AUXILIARY. Will with third person, difficult passages

Will, with the third person. Difficult passages.

The following is a perplexing passage:--

“If it will not be (i.e. if you will not leave me) I'll leave you.

Here the meaning seems to be "if it is not to be otherwise," and in Elizabethan English we might expect shall. But probably "it" represents fate, and, as in the phrase, "come what will," the future is personified: "If fate will not be as I would have it." And this explains

“What shall become of (as the result of) this? What will this

The indefinite unknown consequence is not personified, the definite project is personified. "What is destined to result from this project? What does this project intend to do for us?"

“My eye will scarcely see it,

means "can scarcely be induced to see it."

"He will" means "he will have it that," "he pretends," in

“This is a riddling merchant for the nonce;
He will be here, and yet he is not here.


“She'll none of me,

"will" means "desires," "none" "nothing," and "of" "as regards" (173), "to do with."

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