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1  The best man in the ship must take the helm.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 51. The Spirit-Spout.
2  Listen to what the best and latest authorities have laid down.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
3  Thinks I, Queequeg, this is using Rogers's best cutlery with a vengeance.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 4. The Counterpane.
4  How it is, there is no telling, but Islanders seem to make the best whalemen.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
5  On the separate subject of the Greenland or right-whale, he is the best existing authority.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
6  But she was the best and most conscientious of stepmothers, and back I had to go to my room.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 4. The Counterpane.
7  Wherefore, it seems to me you had best not be too fastidious in your curiosity touching this Leviathan.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
8  I drew my bench near him, and made some friendly signs and hints, doing my best to talk with him meanwhile.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 10. A Bosom Friend.
9  Before showing that picture to any Nantucketer, you had best provide for your summary retreat from Nantucket.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
10  I had not a little relied upon Queequeg's sagacity to point out the whaler best fitted to carry us and our fortunes securely.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 16. The Ship.
11  So he makes the best of it; and when the sailors find him not to be the man that is advertised, they let him pass, and he descends into the cabin.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 9. The Sermon.
12  Thus I soon engaged his interest; and from that we went to jabbering the best we could about the various outer sights to be seen in this famous town.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 10. A Bosom Friend.
13  But I beat the thing down; and again marking the sleeper, jocularly hinted to Queequeg that perhaps we had best sit up with the body; telling him to establish himself accordingly.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 21. Going Aboard.
14  By the best authorities, he has always been considered a most trustworthy and unexaggerating historian, except in some one or two particulars, not at all affecting the matter presently to be mentioned.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
15  Nor did I at all object to the hint from Queequeg that perhaps it were best to strike a light, seeing that we were so wide awake; and besides he felt a strong desire to have a few quiet puffs from his Tomahawk.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 11. Nightgown.
16  Doubtless one leading reason why the world declines honouring us whalemen, is this: they think that, at best, our vocation amounts to a butchering sort of business; and that when actively engaged therein, we are surrounded by all manner of defilements.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 24. The Advocate.
17  The landlord of the Spouter-Inn had recommended us to his cousin Hosea Hussey of the Try Pots, whom he asserted to be the proprietor of one of the best kept hotels in all Nantucket, and moreover he had assured us that Cousin Hosea, as he called him, was famous for his chowders.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 15. Chowder.
18  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.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
19  Though no small passage was before her, yet, if the commonest chance favoured, he did not at all fear that his ship would founder by the way, because his pumps were of the best, and being periodically relieved at them, those six-and-thirty men of his could easily keep the ship free; never mind if the leak should double on her.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
20  As the light looked so dim, and the place, for the time, looked quiet enough, and the dilapidated little wooden house itself looked as if it might have been carted here from the ruins of some burnt district, and as the swinging sign had a poverty-stricken sort of creak to it, I thought that here was the very spot for cheap lodgings, and the best of pea coffee.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 2. The Carpet-Bag.