hence, I suspect, the panic, the lockdown, the capitulation.
hence the quest for ten-year balance, and the promise of pain on every front except (of course) marginal tax rates.
hence our comfort with the idea of people saying something like “less books” in their ordinary lives.
late 13c., hennes, from Old English heonan "away, hence," from West Germanic *hin- (cf. Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen); related to Old English her "here" (see here). With adverbial genitive -s. The modern spelling (mid-15c.) is phonetic, to retain the breathy -s- (cf. twice, pence). Original sense is "away from here;" of time, from late 14c.; meaning "from this (fact or circumstance)" first recorded 1580s.