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1  Gliding among them, old Leviathan swam as of yore; was there swimming in that planisphere, centuries before Solomon was cradled.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 104. The Fossil Whale.
2  I opine, that it is plainly traceable to the first arrival of the Greenland whaling ships in London, more than two centuries ago.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 92. Ambergris.
3  It is upon record, that three centuries ago the tongue of the Right Whale was esteemed a great delicacy in France, and commanded large prices there.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 65. The Whale as a Dish.
4  In the sixth Christian century lived Procopius, a Christian magistrate of Constantinople, in the days when Justinian was Emperor and Belisarius general.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
5  Langsdorff, you must know by the way, was attached to the Russian Admiral Krusenstern's famous Discovery Expedition in the beginning of the present century.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
6  But to all these her old antiquities, were added new and marvellous features, pertaining to the wild business that for more than half a century she had followed.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 16. The Ship.
7  But no more; enough has been said to show that the old Dutch whalers of two or three centuries ago were high livers; and that the English whalers have not neglected so excellent an example.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 101. The Decanter.
8  And some three centuries ago, an English traveller in old Harris's Voyages, speaks of a Turkish Mosque built in honour of Jonah, in which Mosque was a miraculous lamp that burnt without any oil.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 83. Jonah Historically Regarded.
9  Moreover: we are to consider, that from the presumed great longevity of whales, their probably attaining the age of a century and more, therefore at any one period of time, several distinct adult generations must be contemporary.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 105. Does the Whale's Magnitude Diminish?—Will He ...
10  Be it distinctly recorded here, that the Nantucketers were the first among mankind to harpoon with civilized steel the great Sperm Whale; and that for half a century they were the only people of the whole globe who so harpooned him.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 101. The Decanter.
11  Every one knows that by the peculiar cunning of their gills, the finny tribes in general breathe the air which at all times is combined with the element in which they swim; hence, a herring or a cod might live a century, and never once raise its head above the surface.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 85. The Fountain.
12  I do not wish to seem inelegant, but this unsightly whale looks much like an amputated sow; and, as for the narwhale, one glimpse at it is enough to amaze one, that in this nineteenth century such a hippogriff could be palmed for genuine upon any intelligent public of schoolboys.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
13  If, then, you properly put these statements together, and reason upon them a bit, you will clearly perceive that, according to all human reasoning, Procopius's sea-monster, that for half a century stove the ships of a Roman Emperor, must in all probability have been a sperm whale.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
14  Unlike the Danes, these Orientals do not demand the obsequious homage of lowered top-sails from the endless procession of ships before the wind, which for centuries past, by night and by day, have passed between the islands of Sumatra and Java, freighted with the costliest cargoes of the east.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 87. The Grand Armada.
15  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.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 33. The Specksnyder.
16  It is the whale which for more than two centuries past has been hunted by the Dutch and English in the Arctic seas; it is the whale which the American fishermen have long pursued in the Indian ocean, on the Brazil Banks, on the Nor West Coast, and various other parts of the world, designated by them Right Whale Cruising Grounds.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
17  Some centuries ago, when the Sperm whale was almost wholly unknown in his own proper individuality, and when his oil was only accidentally obtained from the stranded fish; in those days spermaceti, it would seem, was popularly supposed to be derived from a creature identical with the one then known in England as the Greenland or Right Whale.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
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