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1  As for the ends of the flukes, have them soused, cook.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 64. Stubb's Supper.
2  In another plate, the prodigious blunder is made of representing the whale with perpendicular flukes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
3  It looks more like the tapering tail of an anaconda, than the broad palms of the true whale's majestic flukes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
4  In striking at a boat, he swiftly curves away his flukes from it, and the blow is only inflicted by the recoil.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
5  In no living thing are the lines of beauty more exquisitely defined than in the crescentic borders of these flukes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
6  At the crotch or junction, these flukes slightly overlap, then sideways recede from each other like wings, leaving a wide vacancy between.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
7  The compact round body of its root expands into two broad, firm, flat palms or flukes, gradually shoaling away to less than an inch in thickness.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
8  The boats were here hailed, to tow the whale on the larboard side, where fluke chains and other necessaries were already prepared for securing him.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 73. Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then ...
9  First, when used as a fin for progression; Second, when used as a mace in battle; Third, in sweeping; Fourth, in lobtailing; Fifth, in peaking flukes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
10  While the two headsmen were engaged in making fast cords to his flukes, and in other ways getting the mass in readiness for towing, some conversation ensued between them.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 73. Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then ...
11  Standing at the mast-head of my ship during a sunrise that crimsoned sky and sea, I once saw a large herd of whales in the east, all heading towards the sun, and for a moment vibrating in concert with peaked flukes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
12  This delicacy is chiefly evinced in the action of sweeping, when in maidenly gentleness the whale with a certain soft slowness moves his immense flukes from side to side upon the surface of the sea; and if he feel but a sailor's whisker, woe to that sailor, whiskers and all.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
13  By adroit management the wooden float is made to rise on the other side of the mass, so that now having girdled the whale, the chain is readily made to follow suit; and being slipped along the body, is at last locked fast round the smallest part of the tail, at the point of junction with its broad flukes or lobes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 64. Stubb's Supper.
14  The most direful blow from the elephant's trunk were as the playful tap of a fan, compared with the measureless crush and crash of the sperm whale's ponderous flukes, which in repeated instances have one after the other hurled entire boats with all their oars and crews into the air, very much as an Indian juggler tosses his balls.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
15  Even now, when the boats pulled upon this whale, and perilously drew over his swaying flukes, and the lances were darted into him, they were followed by steady jets from the new made wound, which kept continually playing, while the natural spout-hole in his head was only at intervals, however rapid, sending its affrighted moisture into the air.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin.
16  But not a bit daunted, Queequeg steered us manfully; now sheering off from this monster directly across our route in advance; now edging away from that, whose colossal flukes were suspended overhead, while all the time, Starbuck stood up in the bows, lance in hand, pricking out of our way whatever whales he could reach by short darts, for there was no time to make long ones.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 87. The Grand Armada.
17  Fifth: As in the ordinary floating posture of the leviathan the flukes lie considerably below the level of his back, they are then completely out of sight beneath the surface; but when he is about to plunge into the deeps, his entire flukes with at least thirty feet of his body are tossed erect in the air, and so remain vibrating a moment, till they downwards shoot out of view.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
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