Yes, there was Lord Decimus Tite Barnacle, who had risen to official heights on the wings of one indignant idea, and that was, My Lords, that I am yet to be told that it behoves
a Minister of this free country to set bounds to the philanthropy, to cramp the charity, to fetter the public spirit, to contract the enterprise, to damp the independent self- reliance, of its people.
The wanton wind had been so busily kissing them all the morning that they were quite dry, so I was able to find room for them in my knapsack without danger to the other contents; and, with a hasty good-day to their recent possessor, I set off at full speed to find a secure nook where I could throw myself down on the grass, and let loose the absurd laughter that was dangerously bottled up within me; but even before I do that it behoves
me if possible to vindicate my sanity to the reader.
It behoves him well if he be still in life," responded the townsman.
It behoves you; therefore, to exhort her to repentance and to confession, as a proof and consequence thereof.
Then it behoves
me to tell your fortune; or so far as I may.
But the herd is heading a little this-a-way, and it behoves us to make ready for their visit.
A band of Pawnees are outlying for these very Siouxes, as you see the buzzards looking down for their food, and it behoves us, as Christian men who have so much at stake, to look down upon them both.
He alleged being corrupt, it did not behove
Imran Khan to level baseless allegations of corruption against others.
He said that at a time when the masses are suffering due to power shortage and patients are facing miserable condition in hospitals, it does not behove
the institutions responsible for providing relief to the people to waste electricity on air-conditioners.
Ergo, it does not behove
Liverpool FC to rebuild Suarez's persona with a donation that is aimed to appeal to the heartstrings.
Anyway, I think it behoves
us (a good word, behove
, we should use it more often) to do what we can to give Cartmel a boost because it's one of the idiosyncratic glories of British racing, to be cherished.
In chapter 4, 'Behove
and Mister' (109-40), the author analyses the semantics, syntax and grammaticalization processes of the verbs behove
(109-36) and mister (136-40), which, given its ephemeral presence in English, I will not summarize here.