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beget
used in Moby Dick

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to cause something — especially to make children
  • A family likeness! aye, he did beget ye, ye young exiled royalties; and from your grim sire only will the old State-secret come.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (53% in)
  • And about this harpooneer, whom I have not yet seen, you persist in telling me the most mystifying and exasperating stories tending to beget in me an uncomfortable feeling towards the man whom you design for my bedfellow—a sort of connexion, landlord, which is an intimate and confidential one in the highest degree.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (70% in)
  • One way and another, it has begotten events so remarkable in themselves, and so continuously momentous in their sequential issues, that whaling may well be regarded as that Egyptian mother, who bore offspring themselves pregnant from her womb.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (72% in)
  • ...prevailing among a company, all of whom, high or low, depend for their profits, not upon fixed wages, but upon their common luck, together with their common vigilance, intrepidity, and hard work; though all these things do in some cases tend to beget a less rigorous discipline than in merchantmen generally; yet, never mind how much like an old Mesopotamian family these whalemen may, in some primitive instances, live together; for all that, the punctilious externals, at least, of the...
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (92% in)
  • He called it the SLEET'S CROW'S-NEST, in honour of himself; he being the original inventor and patentee, and free from all ridiculous false delicacy, and holding that if we call our own children after our own names (we fathers being the original inventors and patentees), so likewise should we denominate after ourselves any other apparatus we may beget.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (48% in)
  • As for the sons and the daughters they beget, why, those sons and daughters must take care of themselves; at least, with only the maternal help.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (17% in)
  • Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally; as much as to say,—Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill-humor or envy!
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (12% in)
  • To begin: there's Aries, or the Ram—lecherous dog, he begets us; then, Taurus, or the Bull—he bumps us the first thing; then Gemini, or the Twins—that is, Virtue and Vice; we try to reach Virtue, when lo! comes Cancer the Crab, and drags us back; and here, going from Virtue, Leo, a roaring Lion, lies in the path—he gives a few fierce bites and surly dabs with his paw; we escape, and hail Virgo, the Virgin! that's our first love; we marry and think to be happy for aye, when pop comes...
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (71% in)
  • Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind, that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see, that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (8% in)
  • ...of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis of the thing.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (11% in)
  • Ye did beget this luckless child, and have abandoned him, ye creative libertines.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (57% in)

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