Dream of: 27 September 2001 "Dalí In The Middle"

any theory of art must be based on beauty

I was studying the conjugation of Latin verbs. My book was opened to a page which showed the present subjunctive conjugation of the Latin verb "ire" meaning "to go." Arranged in a vertical column on the left side of the page were the three singular forms of the verb, and in a parallel column on the right side of the page were the three plural forms. Most striking however, in the middle of the page, was a large painting by Salvador Dalí. The painting depicted a high ecclesiastical personage, perhaps a bishop, dressed in a creamy robe, but in typical Dalí fashion, the portrait was severely distorted, rendering the figure almost unrecognizable. A curving line meandered down the center of the face, throwing the right and left sides of the face out of proportion.

At the bottom of the page were more forms of the verb. I focused on one, the word "eant" which I guessed to be the present participle. I thought the present participle must have some relation with the present subjunctive. Perhaps the six forms of the present subjunctive were formed by using the present participle. I needed to check my theory to see if it was correct.

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