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If the novel is an orphaned form--orphaned, that is, from the lineage of genius that derives from the Latin gignere and the Greek gignestbai, to beget, to procreate--Jefferson locates in it an ambivalence both nostalgic for and critical of the lineage it cannot quite belong to.
a donne' na (pour gna, latin gignere, grec gignoma)" (oc II, p.
Although it is derived from gignere (to bear living creatures), it literally means "inborn quality or character," and is associated in particular with natural mental powers; ingenium can also be used to describe contriving cleverness, not necessarily of a positive kind.
141: "Necessarium est igitur, ut omnes haereticorum libri comburantur, ne pestilens aliqua maneat radix, quae novos quotidie valeat ex se gignere haereticos.