Speak of the Devil . . .
. . . sounds imperatival, but whom are we imperativing? The second person . . . or the third? Or possibly myself alone?
Yeah, I know that the statement is ostensibly descriptive, not intentionally prescriptive. But it could be used prescriptively. Take the the entire formulation:
"Speak of the Devil (and he will appear)."Suppose I want the Devil to appear. I need merely speak of him, and there he is. Does that make his appearance prescribed?
Or is it his way of getting everyone to call upon him more easily?
Labels: Dark Humor