Then Baleka spoke: "I weep, mother of a king, because this man, who is my brother, has come from him who is my lord and they son, to murder that which shall be born
782-789) The sixth of the mid-month is very unfavourable for plants, but is good for the birth of males, though unfavourable for a girl either to be born at all or to be married.
792-799) On the great twentieth, in full day, a wise man should be born.
In the first place, a man ought to be born
a man, and not any other animal; that is to say, he ought to have both a body and soul; but it avails not to be only born [1332b] with some things, for custom makes great alterations; for there are some things in nature capable of alteration either way which are fixed by custom, either for the better or the worse.
Then, seeing that Marilla looked shocked, she added passionately, "Why should she be born
at all--why should any one be born
at all--if she's better off dead?