But if the non-overt modal is to confer finiteness on its clause then, apparently unlike should, it should inflect
for tense or person-number.
Thus, Christopher Breward's new book on the subject is a welcome contribution to the study of how gender and consumerism inflect
one another, and to the process whereby pre-War British men were transformed into a powerful consumer market.
O'Day successfully employs the feel of current popular dances to inflect
ballet, without the Twyla Tharp mannerisms of some of his earlier work.
But why did Dante inflect
the Siculo-Tuscan surface of his text with them?
Although Schwartz's essay on voyeurism in Paradise Lost does inflect
contemporary film theory with the historicizing context of Galileo and Renaissance optics, and Finucci invokes sumptuary laws in discussing the female masquerade in Ariosto, several of the other essays apparently do not share the editors' interest in historicizing psychoanalysis; rather, their interest is in literary history or the relationship between texts.
And it inflects
the way we continue to think of warfare, as is evident in politicians' speaking of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as "cowardly," even if those who executed them were fearless: They did not give fair warning and disregarded the rights of entirely innocent people.
The undeniable importance of subordination in Spenser, coupled with Broaddus's privileging of plot over abstract statement, inflects
his interpretations of Isis Church (143-45), and Mercilla's Castle.
He offers a model in which conflict between factions of the ruling elite (Crown, magnates, gentry, high clergy) differentially inflects
each faction's perception of a threat from magical practices and their disposition and capacity to instigate persecution.
The volume as a whole works to portray a complex cultural vision of desire, one that explores the ambivalences that lie at the heart of such erotic codes as Petrarchism and libertinism, and that inflects
the relationship between poet and lover, and poet and court.