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    Principality

    Hi,

    Can anybody explain to me in what context the words principality and hereunder are used in the text below. I have looked them up but still I am at a loss about what they stand for in the text ...

    'Canon Leigh Shougar knows, sir, what I know. And how, I ask, is he going to get to grips with it at this late day if he refuses to acknowledge that such things are what every fragment of evidence goes to prove that they are. It's we, sir, and not the rest of the heedless world outside, who in the long and the short of it are responsible. And what I say is: no power or principality here or hereunder can take possession of a place while those inside have faith enough to keep them out. But once let that falter--the seas are in. And when I say no power, sir, I mean--with all deference--even Satan himself.'

    All Hallows, Walter de la Mare, 1927

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Principality

    "Hereunder" is a reference to hell.

    http://www.gotquestions.org/principa...nd-powers.html

    This answers what the phrase "power or principality" means. Its a Biblcal allusion.

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    Re: Principality

    A principality is a place ruled by a prince -- Monaco, for example. In your text the author is probably alluding to the Prince of Darkness, which means Satan (the devil).
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