1 Come, Ahab's compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me.
2 This is much; yet Ahab's larger, darker, deeper part remains unhinted.
3 And all these subtle agencies, more and more they wrought on Ahab's texture.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContext Highlight In CHAPTER 29. Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb.
4 A wild, mystical, sympathetical feeling was in me; Ahab's quenchless feud seemed mine.
5 The four boats were soon on the water; Ahab's in advance, and all swiftly pulling towards their prey.
6 And had you watched Ahab's face that night, you would have thought that in him also two different things were warring.
7 And then it was, that suddenly sweeping his sickle-shaped lower jaw beneath him, Moby Dick had reaped away Ahab's leg, as a mower a blade of grass in the field.
8 And Ahab chanced so to stand, that the Parsee occupied his shadow; while, if the Parsee's shadow was there at all it seemed only to blend with, and lengthen Ahab's.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContext Highlight In CHAPTER 73. Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then ...
9 Ahab's full lunacy subsided not, but deepeningly contracted; like the unabated Hudson, when that noble Northman flows narrowly, but unfathomably through the Highland gorge.
10 But, as in his narrow-flowing monomania, not one jot of Ahab's broad madness had been left behind; so in that broad madness, not one jot of his great natural intellect had perished.
11 But ere stepping into the cabin doorway below, he pauses, ships a new face altogether, and, then, independent, hilarious little Flask enters King Ahab's presence, in the character of Abjectus, or the Slave.
12 Mark ye, be forewarned; Ahab's above the common; Ahab's been in colleges, as well as 'mong the cannibals; been used to deeper wonders than the waves; fixed his fiery lance in mightier, stranger foes than whales.'
13 Starbuck's body and Starbuck's coerced will were Ahab's, so long as Ahab kept his magnet at Starbuck's brain; still he knew that for all this the chief mate, in his soul, abhorred his captain's quest, and could he, would joyfully disintegrate himself from it, or even frustrate it.
14 Whence he came in a mannerly world like this, by what sort of unaccountable tie he soon evinced himself to be linked with Ahab's peculiar fortunes; nay, so far as to have some sort of a half-hinted influence; Heaven knows, but it might have been even authority over him; all this none knew.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContext Highlight In CHAPTER 50. Ahab's Boat and Crew. Fedallah.
15 But as the mind does not exist unless leagued with the soul, therefore it must have been that, in Ahab's case, yielding up all his thoughts and fancies to his one supreme purpose; that purpose, by its own sheer inveteracy of will, forced itself against gods and devils into a kind of self-assumed, independent being of its own.
16 It took off the extreme edge of their wonder; and so what with all this and Stubb's confident way of accounting for their appearance, they were for the time freed from superstitious surmisings; though the affair still left abundant room for all manner of wild conjectures as to dark Ahab's precise agency in the matter from the beginning.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContext Highlight In CHAPTER 48. The First Lowering.
17 And where Ahab's chances of accomplishing his object have hitherto been spoken of, allusion has only been made to whatever way-side, antecedent, extra prospects were his, ere a particular set time or place were attained, when all possibilities would become probabilities, and, as Ahab fondly thought, every possibility the next thing to a certainty.
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