The same secludedness and isolation to which the schoolmaster whale betakes himself in his advancing years, is true of all aged Sperm Whales.
but supposing the invader of domestic bliss to betake himself away at the first rush of the harem's lord, then is it very diverting to watch that lord.
Often of a long winter's evening we would first have tea at the big round table, and then betake
ourselves to our work; the while that, to amuse the child and to keep her out of mischief, the old lady would set herself to tell stories.
This unhappy man had made the very principle of his life to consist in the pursuit and systematic exercise revenge; and when, by its completest triumph consummation that evil principle was left with no further material to support it -- when, in short, there was no more Devil's work on earth for him to do, it only remained for the unhumanised mortal to betake
himself whither his master would find him tasks enough, and pay him his wages duly.
His second object was to provide beforehand for destroying all traces of the destination to which he might betake
himself when he left Aldborough on the wedding-day.
Outside of the city, specifically across the Thames, which Goodman describes as a territory across the ocean, "she betakes
herself to the Sea, and makes a discovery vpon the water," a wilderness outside the borders of the state and a coherent community.
When she wants to be honored, she betakes
herself to the golden part of her house and remains there, adorning and beautifying her body, dressing herself like a queen, in a long robe that trails behind her and is variously scented and brightly colored, as silks and woolens can be, depending on the plants and seeds and many other things used to dye the clothes worn by all rich people who are preparing to receive honors.
27-30) [The shepherd flees our turf / And betakes
himself and his flock far away; before the house / He keeps a formidable watch: the importunate and impudent plebeians / that formerly would beset themselves upon us / now fear to come near our threshold.