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1  His heaven-insulting purpose, God may wedge aside.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 38. Dusk.
2  I asked him what might be his immediate purpose, touching his future movements.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 12. Biographical.
3  What precise purpose this ivory horn or lance answers, it would be hard to say.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
4  But to what ultimate generalizing purpose all these have written, the above cited extracts will show.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
5  One of them, though not precisely adapted to our present purpose, nevertheless deserves mention on other accounts.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 56. Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and ...
6  We then turned over the book together, and I endeavored to explain to him the purpose of the printing, and the meaning of the few pictures that were in it.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 10. A Bosom Friend.
7  Meanwhile, the whale he had struck must also have been on its travels; no doubt it had thrice circumnavigated the globe, brushing with its flanks all the coasts of Africa; but to no purpose.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
8  Seeing, however, that his forbearance had not the slightest effect, by an awful and unspeakable intimation with his twisted hand he warned off the foolish and infatuated man; but it was to no purpose.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
9  With bent head and half-slouched hat he continued to pace, unmindful of the wondering whispering among the men; till Stubb cautiously whispered to Flask, that Ahab must have summoned them there for the purpose of witnessing a pedestrian feat.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 36. The Quarter-Deck.
10  It is a notched stick of a peculiar form, some two feet in length, which is perpendicularly inserted into the starboard gunwale near the bow, for the purpose of furnishing a rest for the wooden extremity of the harpoon, whose other naked, barbed end slopingly projects from the prow.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 63. The Crotch.
11  On one side hung a very large oilpainting so thoroughly besmoked, and every way defaced, that in the unequal crosslights by which you viewed it, it was only by diligent study and a series of systematic visits to it, and careful inquiry of the neighbors, that you could any way arrive at an understanding of its purpose.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 3. The Spouter-Inn.
12  But as the mind does not exist unless leagued with the soul, therefore it must have been that, in Ahab's case, yielding up all his thoughts and fancies to his one supreme purpose; that purpose, by its own sheer inveteracy of will, forced itself against gods and devils into a kind of self-assumed, independent being of its own.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 44. The Chart.
13  Had you followed Captain Ahab down into his cabin after the squall that took place on the night succeeding that wild ratification of his purpose with his crew, you would have seen him go to a locker in the transom, and bringing out a large wrinkled roll of yellowish sea charts, spread them before him on his screwed-down table.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 44. The Chart.
14  By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome; the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 1. Loomings.
15  For all these reasons then, and others perhaps too analytic to be verbally developed here, Ahab plainly saw that he must still in a good degree continue true to the natural, nominal purpose of the Pequod's voyage; observe all customary usages; and not only that, but force himself to evince all his well known passionate interest in the general pursuit of his profession.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 46. Surmises.
16  It is noon; and Dough-Boy, the steward, thrusting his pale loaf-of-bread face from the cabin-scuttle, announces dinner to his lord and master; who, sitting in the lee quarter-boat, has just been taking an observation of the sun; and is now mutely reckoning the latitude on the smooth, medallion-shaped tablet, reserved for that daily purpose on the upper part of his ivory leg.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 34. The Cabin-Table.
17  Though, consumed with the hot fire of his purpose, Ahab in all his thoughts and actions ever had in view the ultimate capture of Moby Dick; though he seemed ready to sacrifice all mortal interests to that one passion; nevertheless it may have been that he was by nature and long habituation far too wedded to a fiery whaleman's ways, altogether to abandon the collateral prosecution of the voyage.
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Get Context   In CHAPTER 46. Surmises.
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