Why this strife of the chase? why weary, and palsy the arm at the oar, and the iron, and the lance? how the richer or better is Ahab now? Behold. Oh, Starbuck! is it not hard, that with this weary load I bear, one poor leg should have been snatched from under me? Here, brush this old hair aside; it blinds me, that I seem to weep. (from Moby Dick Source)

I'm having trouble understanding why the word that is used in the bolded part of this quote.

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Causation; this is equivalent to:

  • it blinds me so that I seem to weep
  • it blinds me, causing me to weep
  • It blinds me. As a result, it seems like I weep?
    – user2492
    Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 0:59
  • Literally: As a result, tears come from my eyes, which makes it look like I am crying.
    – nxx
    Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 1:26

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