(urth) The Katharine maid

Tim Walters walters at doubtfulpalace.com
Thu Oct 26 21:33:20 PDT 2006

On Oct 26, 2006, at 9:17 PM, Roy C. Lackey wrote:
> I was hoping someone else would do this. Yes, he is referring to  
> her as his
> mother.  But, as I said, borne is the past participle of bear (to  
> carry).
> Born (no "e") is the past participle of bear (to give birth). Borne  
> and born
> are not interchangeable, which is why they have separate entries in  
> my old
> _Webster's_.

My old _Webster's_ says:

born, a. [pp. of bear (to give birth): now used only in passive  
constructions not followed by _by_.]

> You can simply substitute "carried" for "borne" in the disputed
> quote without doing violence to the sentence,

I disagree. Who would say "carried in a cell"? You carry _from_ a  
cell, or in a _basket_, not "in a cell".

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