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ELLIPSES. in antithetical sentences

Antithetical sentences frequently do not repeat pronouns, verbs, &c.

“What most he should dislike seems pleasant to him,
What (he should) like, (seems) offensive.

Sometimes the verb has to be repeated in a different tense.

“To know our enemies' minds we'ld rip their hearts:
(To rip) Their papers is more lawful.

“To be acknowledg'd, madam, is (to be) overpaid.” Ib. iv. 7. 4.

The antithesis often consists in the opposition between past and present time.

“I meant to rectify my conscience, which
I then did feel full sick, and yet (do feel) not well.

“And may that soldier a mere recreant prove
That means not (to be), hath not (been), or is not in love.

“She was beloved, she loved; she is (beloved) and doth (love).” Ib. iv. 5. 292.

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