IRWIN It's more than a game. Thinking about what might have happened alerts you to the consequences of what did.
DAKIN It's subjunctive history.
IRWIN Come again.
DAKIN The subjunctive is the mood you use when something might or might not have happened, when it's imagined. Hector is crazy about the subjunctive.
Why are you smiling?
[ passage from alan bennett's the history boys ]
things I should be reading
things I actually have
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