Mar 30, 2005

In the undergo

"TO UNDERGO an experience with something - be it a thing, a person, or a god - means that this something befalls us, strikes us, comes over us, overwhelms and
transforms us. When we talk of 'undergoing' an experience, we mean specifically that the experience is not of our own making; to undergo here means that we endure it, suffer it, receive it as it stikes us and submit to it."

      - John P. Muller and William J. Richardson in The Purloined Poe.