misty inquisition

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In my own present day I am a legend, alive but more than alive, dead but more than dead. [...] I’m a bugaboo used by the Marthas to frighten small children—If you don’t behave yourself, Aunt Lydia will come and get you! I’m also a model of moral perfection to be emulated— What would Aunt Lydia want you to do?— and a judge and arbiter in the misty inquisition of the imagination— What would Aunt Lydia have to say about that?

The Testaments (sequel to The Handmaid's Tale) by Margaret Atwood

How does misty modify inquisition in this context?


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