You're right, Tom. But the problem with *my* understanding of the passage is
that WE is connected to 'can only criticise'. Thus, who can only critise?
(or am I getting like Rain Man in the 'who's who' scene?..... :-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Gray" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 6:39 PM
Subject: Re: Qua work of art....
> --- Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> Your question is immensely refreshing. I referred
> > to the "broad
> > acceptance" of the "we" because it was simply not
> > asked for about eight
> > or nine decades. But it is fundamental: as you
> > make clear, there is no
> > referent and no way to establish one.
> The polite sue of 'we' should also be considered as in
> 'As we can see,'. To me this is just a polite way of
> including the reader in the discussion. In my student
> days, I ofter heard lecturers using the phrase 'As we
> found last day'. The 'As we can see' and "As we
> found' were very often hints that the topic was
> important and that the student should spend whatever
> time needed to understand it. I didn't see anything
> pompous in that usage.
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