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hereditary
used in The Mill on the Floss

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passed from parent to child
  • Their belief in the Unseen, so far as it manifests itself at all, seems to be rather a pagan kind; their moral notions, though held with strong tenacity, seem to have no standard beyond hereditary custom.
    4.1 -- Book 4 Chapter 1 -- A Variation of Protestantism Unknown to Bossuet (34% in)
  • You may see her now, as she walks down the favorite turning and enters the Deeps by a narrow path through a group of Scotch firs, her tall figure and old lavender gown visible through an hereditary black silk shawl of some wide-meshed net-like material; and now she is sure of being unseen she takes off her bonnet and ties it over her arm.
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- In the Red Deeps (19% in)
  • The circumstances were unprecedented in Mrs. Glegg's experience; nothing of that kind had happened among the Dodsons before; but it was a case in which her hereditary rectitude and personal strength of character found a common channel along with her fundamental ideas of clanship, as they did in her lifelong regard to equity in money matters.
    7.3 -- Book 7 Chapter 3 -- Showing That Old Acquaintances Are Capable…. (10% in)

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