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    "but"-word again...

    With regard to what I've been taught about "but"-word by language experts here I believe the sentence:

    "Fear never but you shall be consistent in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour."

    could possibly mean:

    "Fear never even if you shall NOT be consistent in whatever variety of actions, yet they will appear to be honest and natural in their hour."

    Am I right about it...

    I addition I find it helpful to suggest that in the preceding context the author unconventionally proves the suitability of NOT being consistent in one's behavior...
    Last edited by szaroczek; 13-Jan-2012 at 21:43.

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    Re: "but"-word again...

    My first reaction when I read the sentence you quoted was that I did not understand exactly what message the writer was attempting to convey..

    My second, after careful consideration, was that I had no idea what the writer was trying to say.

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