And this being so, can one help being tempted to rejoice that it has not yet come off, and that desire still depends on
something we don't know?
As the missletoe is disseminated by birds, its existence depends on
birds; and it may metaphorically be said to struggle with other fruit-bearing plants, in order to tempt birds to devour and thus disseminate its seeds rather than those of other plants.
This I entreat of you, dear sir," said she, "for your sake, as well as my own, since you are so very kind to tell me your happiness depends on