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RELATIVAL CONSTRUCTIONS. "That--as;" "so . . . (as)"

So (as). Under the Relative we have seen that sometimes the antecedent, sometimes the relative, is omitted, without injury to the sense. Similarly in relatival constructions, e.g. so . . . as, so . . . that, &c. one of the two can be omitted.

The as is sometimes omitted:

“I wonder he is so fond
(as) To trust the mockery of unjust slumbers.

“So fond [i.e. foolish] (as) to come abroad.

“No woman's heart
So big (as) to hold so much.

“Shall I so much dishonour my fair stars
(as) On equal terms to give him chastisement?

R. and J. ii. 3. 91; Macbeth, ii. 3. 55; Rich. II. iii. 3. 12.

As or who is omitted in:

“And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.

i.e. "None is so thirsty (who) will deign" where we should say "as to deign." Less probably, "none (be he how) so (ever) dry."

So and as are both omitted in:

“Be not (so) fond
(As) To think that Cæsar bears such rebel blood.

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