‘Fate in the sense of what was, of what happened to be. It was something like the word 'it’ in the phrase 'it is raining’ or 'it is night.’ What that 'it’ referred to [he] had never known. A generalized condition of things as they were, perhaps; the state of is-ness that was ground on which the happenings of the world took place. He could not be any more definite than that.’