Q: No reflexive sense defined for "discover, v.)?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Dec 5 13:53:39 UTC 2008

A correspondent on another list wrote:

>I am currently reading _FRANKENSTEIN_ and this sentence seems odd:
>I did not doubt but that the monster followed me and would discover
>himself to me when I should have finished, that he might receive his

While this usage does not seem to me to be odd for the period, I
noticed that for "discover" the OED does not specifically have a
sense labeled "refl.".  Nor any reflexive quotations that I could
discover, except for "6. To reveal the identity of (a person); hence,
to betray. arch.", which is not the meaning of the _Frankenstein_
quotation.  The OED has, however, an explicit reflexive entry for
"reveal, v.", namely 3.b.

Should there be one for "discover"?


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