Excerpt From: Frank Herbert, Dune
“The wisdom of seeding the known universe with a prophecy pattern for the protection of B.G. personnel has long been appreciated, but never have we seen a condition-ut-extremis with more ideal mating of person and preparation.”
I think it's referring to Lady Jessica having Paul with Duke Leto—Paul to become some sort of "chosen one."
I derived a meaning from a few sources, and I am wondering if others would agree with it.
- (dictionary) in extremis: in an extremely difficult situation; at the point of death
- (dictionary) subjunctive: relating to or denoting a mood of verbs expressing what is imagined or wished possible (compare to "indicative": denoting a mood of verbs expressing a simple statement of fact)
- (another post) ut: subjunctive: "in order to" (purpose), "to" (indirect command), or "that" (result/fear); indicative: "(just) as"
condition-ut-extremis: condition created in order to survive a deadly situation