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1  But to haul the boat up to his flank was impossible, he swam so fast and furious.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
2  If the Sperm Whale be physiognomically a Sphinx, to the phrenologist his brain seems that geometrical circle which it is impossible to square.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 80. The Nut.
3  But it very often happens that owing to the instantaneous, violent, convulsive running of the whale upon receiving the first iron, it becomes impossible for the harpooneer, however lightning-like in his movements, to pitch the second iron into him.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 63. The Crotch.
4  It had been next to impossible to dart these drugged-harpoons, were it not that as we advanced into the herd, our whale's way greatly diminished; moreover, that as we went still further and further from the circumference of commotion, the direful disorders seemed waning.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 87. The Grand Armada.
5  An uncommon large whale, the body of which was larger than the ship itself, lay almost at the surface of the water, but was not perceived by any one on board till the moment when the ship, which was in full sail, was almost upon him, so that it was impossible to prevent its striking against him.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
6  But, with a full grown leviathan this is impossible; for the sperm whale's head embraces nearly one third of his entire bulk, and completely to suspend such a burden as that, even by the immense tackles of a whaler, this were as vain a thing as to attempt weighing a Dutch barn in jewellers' scales.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 70. The Sphynx.
7  The living whale, in his full majesty and significance, is only to be seen at sea in unfathomable waters; and afloat the vast bulk of him is out of sight, like a launched line-of-battle ship; and out of that element it is a thing eternally impossible for mortal man to hoist him bodily into the air, so as to preserve all his mighty swells and undulations.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
8  For besides the great length of the whaling voyage, the numerous articles peculiar to the prosecution of the fishery, and the impossibility of replacing them at the remote harbors usually frequented, it must be remembered, that of all ships, whaling vessels are the most exposed to accidents of all kinds, and especially to the destruction and loss of the very things upon which the success of the voyage most depends.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 20. All Astir.