mgillum at unca.edu
Wed Jun 25 14:51:34 EDT 2008
Carol, I take Adam's "so" to mean "so long as" or "if," which was an extant
sense: "So [long as it is] unapproved." Or "so" could be intensive; Hughes
glosses "condemned so positively." Either way, wrong ideas can come to
consciousness from the fancy (Eve's dream), from an external source (the
serpent), or perhaps some wayward impulse, and that's OK, so long as they
are rejected on reflection.
Conversely, in Satan's monologues, right ideas keep intruding on his
consciousness, and he keeps rejecting them.
On 6/25/08 1:24 PM, "Carol Barton" <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net> wrote:
> I don't think the "so" is there, Michael: "evil may come into the mind
> unapproved" means "without permission of the thinker"--it refers to
> thoughts that are not actively evil, the products of malevolence or
> bad will, as opposed to "ooooh, those cookies Mama made smell
> good--I'd sure like to taste one, even though she said to leave them
> alone." (In that case, the child is not intent upon committing the
> infraction--he just wants a cookie--so the thought of sneaking one
> comes to him. If it were premeditated, he'd say, "I don't care what
> she said--I want that cookie--now, how do I get one without her
> seeing?" In the first instance, the evil comes from *acting* on the
> unbidden impulse--not from experiencing it.
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