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1  It became imperative to lance the flying whale, or be content to lose him.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
2  Bildad, thou used to be good at sharpening a lance, mend that pen, will ye.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 16. The Ship.
3  What precise purpose this ivory horn or lance answers, it would be hard to say.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
4  The severest pointed harpoon, the sharpest lance darted by the strongest human arm, impotently rebounds from it.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 76. The Battering-Ram.
5  With this once long lance, now wildly elbowed, fifty years ago did Nathan Swain kill fifteen whales between a sunrise and a sunset.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 3. The Spouter-Inn.
6  When close to the whale, in the very death-lock of the fight, he handled his unpitying lance coolly and off-handedly, as a whistling tinker his hammer.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
7  But it was startling to see this excellent hearted Quakeress coming on board, as she did the last day, with a long oil-ladle in one hand, and a still longer whaling lance in the other.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 20. All Astir.
8  The mutineer was the bowsman of the mate, and when fast to a fish, it was his duty to sit next him, while Radney stood up with his lance in the prow, and haul in or slacken the line, at the word of command.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
9  The headsman should stay in the bows from first to last; he should both dart the harpoon and the lance, and no rowing whatever should be expected of him, except under circumstances obvious to any fisherman.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 62. The Dart.
10  Of all the wondrous devices and dexterities, the sleights of hand and countless subtleties, to which the veteran whaleman is so often forced, none exceed that fine manoeuvre with the lance called pitchpoling.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
11  Mark ye, be forewarned; Ahab's above the common; Ahab's been in colleges, as well as 'mong the cannibals; been used to deeper wonders than the waves; fixed his fiery lance in mightier, stranger foes than whales.'
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 16. The Ship.
12  It is only indispensable with an inveterate running whale; its grand fact and feature is the wonderful distance to which the long lance is accurately darted from a violently rocking, jerking boat, under extreme headway.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
13  Gnawed within and scorched without, with the infixed, unrelenting fangs of some incurable idea; such an one, could he be found, would seem the very man to dart his iron and lift his lance against the most appalling of all brutes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 41. Moby Dick.
14  Handling the long lance lightly, glancing twice or thrice along its length to see if it be exactly straight, Stubb whistlingly gathers up the coil of the warp in one hand, so as to secure its free end in his grasp, leaving the rest unobstructed.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
15  But though boats have been taken down and lost in this way, yet it is this "holding on," as it is called; this hooking up by the sharp barbs of his live flesh from the back; this it is that often torments the Leviathan into soon rising again to meet the sharp lance of his foes.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin.
16  When reaching far over the bow, Stubb slowly churned his long sharp lance into the fish, and kept it there, carefully churning and churning, as if cautiously seeking to feel after some gold watch that the whale might have swallowed, and which he was fearful of breaking ere he could hook it out.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 61. Stubb Kills a Whale.
17  But before going further, it is important to mention here, that though the harpoon may be pitchpoled in the same way with the lance, yet it is seldom done; and when done, is still less frequently successful, on account of the greater weight and inferior length of the harpoon as compared with the lance, which in effect become serious drawbacks.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
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