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remain to be seen

To not yet be clear, certain, or known. We can see for ourselves the disaster's immediate impact, but the long-term environmental effects remain to be seen. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the president's popularity on other issues will carry over into this more controversial endeavor.
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See Cavell, "Remains to be Seen: On The Arcades Project," Art Forum (April 2000) 31-35.
This methodological move, I will argue, is given ambiguous flesh by invoking Sojourner Truth as its "representative." Jesus "drops out" of the citational chain Schussler Fiorenza is forging, only to reappear in the guise of a black woman; but it remains to be seen whether or not he, or Sojourner Truth, proves the greater trickster.