Contents Index

An eye so full of lofty design

Admittedly, the reader will not wish to take such a phrase out of its context, nor wholly discount how impressed Walton himself is by his friend's intervention on his behalf. Yet at the same time the ambivalence in diction that has surrounded the functioning of eloquence since Walton resumed the narration (Walton 1, Walton 2 and note, and Walton 5 and note) calls attention to this further instance of the double-entendre. "Design" may be a synonym for "purpose," the word Walton stresses just below, at the end of this day's entry; but it may also bear a sense of calculated histronics. The linguistic ambivalence allows Walton and his readers, should they wish, to derive opposite conclusions from the same evidence.