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1  He seems a whale-hater, as some men are man-haters.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
2  I should like to see a boat's crew backing water up to a whale face foremost.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 49. The Hyena.
3  A walrus spouts much like a whale, but the walrus is not a fish, because he is amphibious.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
4  But this custom has now become obsolete; turn we then to the one proper mast-head, that of a whale-ship at sea.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 35. The Mast-Head.
5  But as he destroyed ships, as well as for other reasons, he must have been a whale; and I am strongly inclined to think a sperm whale.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
6  in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honour and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 24. The Advocate.
7  Why, thou monkey," said a harpooneer to one of these lads, "we've been cruising now hard upon three years, and thou hast not raised a whale yet.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 35. The Mast-Head.
8  Immediately the hammer touched the cheek; the next instant the lower jaw of the mate was stove in his head; he fell on the hatch spouting blood like a whale.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
9  Any man who has gone sailor in a whale-ship will understand this; and all this and doubtless much more, the Lakeman fully comprehended when the mate uttered his command.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
10  First: The uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
11  I then glanced round the room; and besides the bedstead and centre table, could see no other furniture belonging to the place, but a rude shelf, the four walls, and a papered fireboard representing a man striking a whale.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 3. The Spouter-Inn.
12  By the above definition of what a whale is, I do by no means exclude from the leviathanic brotherhood any sea creature hitherto identified with the whale by the best informed Nantucketers; nor, on the other hand, link with it any fish hitherto authoritatively regarded as alien.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
13  Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm's way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
14  The large importance attached to the harpooneer's vocation is evinced by the fact, that originally in the old Dutch Fishery, two centuries and more ago, the command of a whale ship was not wholly lodged in the person now called the captain, but was divided between him and an officer called the Specksnyder.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 33. The Specksnyder.
15  Why such a whale became thus marked was not altogether and originally owing to his bodily peculiarities as distinguished from other whales; for however peculiar in that respect any chance whale may be, they soon put an end to his peculiarities by killing him, and boiling him down into a peculiarly valuable oil.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
16  No: the reason was this: that from the fatal experiences of the fishery there hung a terrible prestige of perilousness about such a whale as there did about Rinaldo Rinaldini, insomuch that most fishermen were content to recognise him by merely touching their tarpaulins when he would be discovered lounging by them on the sea, without seeking to cultivate a more intimate acquaintance.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
17  Secondly: People ashore have indeed some indefinite idea that a whale is an enormous creature of enormous power; but I have ever found that when narrating to them some specific example of this two-fold enormousness, they have significantly complimented me upon my facetiousness; when, I declare upon my soul, I had no more idea of being facetious than Moses, when he wrote the history of the plagues of Egypt.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
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