In some things, you know, you ca'n't be quite sure what an insect would like: for instance, I never could quite settle, supposing
I were a moth, whether I would rather be kept out of the candle, or be allowed to fly straight in and get burnt--or again, supposing
I were a spider, I'm not sure if I should be quite pleased to have my web torn down, and the fly let loose--but I feel quite certain that, if I were a beetle and had rolled over on my back, I should always be glad to be helped up again.
A Dolphin saw the Monkey contending with the waves, and supposing
him to be a man (whom he is always said to befriend), came and placed himself under him, to convey him on his back in safety to the shore.
But these men down there, they couldn't keep their word-- no, not supposing
they wished to; and what's more, they couldn't believe as you could.
BARTRAM -- You only did me justice in supposing
that your letter would distress me.
Besides, could we suppose a set of people to live separate from each other, but within such a distance as would admit of an intercourse, and that there were laws subsisting between each party, to prevent their injuring one another in their mutual dealings, supposing
one a carpenter, another a husbandman, shoemaker, and the like, and that their numbers were ten thousand, still all that they would have together in common would be a tariff for trade, or an alliance for mutual defence, but not the same city.