Moby Dick; Or The Whale (8 x 8)

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  • 1. And when he glanced upon the green walls of the watery defile in which the ship was then sailing, and bethought him that through that gate lay the route to his vengeance, and beheld, how that through that same gate he was now both chasing and being chased to his deadly end; and not only that, but a herd of remorseless wild pirates and inhuman atheistical devils were infernally cheering him on with their curses;--when all these conceits had passed through his brain, Ahab's brow was left gaunt and ribbed, like the black sand beach after some stormy tide has been gnawing it, without being ____ to drag the firm thing from its place
  • 5. Ahab stooped to clear it; he did clear it; but the flying turn caught ___ round the neck, and voicelessly as Turkish mutes bowstring their victim, he was shot out of the boat, ere the crew knew he was gone
  • 8. " ____ they through dim, bewildering mediums saw her sidelong fading phantom, as in the gaseous Fata Morgana; only the uppermost masts out of water; while fixed by infatuation, or fidelity, or fate, to their once lofty perches, the pagan harpooneers still maintained their sinking lookouts on the sea
  • 9. Ahab stooped to clear it; he did clear it; but the flying turn caught him round the neck, and voicelessly as Turkish mutes bowstring their victim, he was shot out of the boat, ___ the crew knew he was gone
  • 10. ' And with that the pump clanged like fifty fire-engines; the men tossed their ____ off to it, and ere long that peculiar gasping of the lungs was heard which denotes the fullest tension of life's utmost energies
  • 11. Rains and spray had damped it; sun and wind had warped it; all the elements had combined to ___ a thing that hung so idly
  • 12. Some fell flat ____ their faces
  • 14. I would be ____ as air; and I'm down in the whole world's books
  • 16. " cried Stubb; "if I had but one leg you would not catch me in a boat, unless maybe to stop the plug-hole with my timber ___
  • 17. Among many other fine qualities, my royal friend Tranquo, being gifted with a devout love for all matters of barbaric vertu, had brought together in Pupella whatever ____ things the more ingenious of his people could invent; chiefly carved woods of wonderful devices, chiselled shells, inlaid spears, costly paddles, aromatic canoes; and all these distributed among whatever natural wonders, the wonder-freighted, tribute-rendering waves had cast upon his shores
  • 21. Who ever helped Stubb, or kept Stubb awake, but Stubb's ___ unwinking eye
  • 22. A significant illustration of the fact, again and again repeated in this book, that the skeleton of the whale furnishes but little ____ to the shape of his fully invested body
  • 23. Lashed round and round to the fish's back; pinioned in the turns upon turns in which, during the past night, the whale had reeled the involutions of the lines around him, the half torn body of the Parsee was seen; his sable raiment frayed to shreds; his distended eyes turned full upon ___ Ahab
  • 24. Ahab had now gained his final perch, some feet above the other look-outs, Tashtego standing just beneath him on the cap of the top-gallant-mast, so that the Indian's head was almost on a level with Ahab's ____
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  • 1. You might easily dent it with your thumb; it is of a hue between yellow and ___ colour
  • 2. Extending it upon the forecastle deck, he now proceeds cylindrically to remove its dark pelt, as an African hunter the pelt of a ___
  • 3. To dress in the dark, and eat in the dark, and stumble in darkness to his pallet, this is his usual ___
  • 4. But this was very far North, be it remembered, where beer agrees well with the constitution; upon the Equator, in our southern fishery, beer would be apt to make the harpooneer sleepy at the mast-head and boozy in his boat; and grievous loss might _____ to Nantucket and New Bedford
  • 5. Admiral Nelson, also, on a capstan of gun-metal, stands his mast-head in Trafalgar Square; and ever when most obscured by that London smoke, token is yet given that a hidden ____ is there; for where there is smoke, must be fire
  • 6. And as the mighty ____ Leviathan of the modern railway is so familiarly known in its every pace, that, with watches in their hands, men time his rate as doctors that of a baby's pulse; and lightly say of it, the up train or the down train will reach such or such a spot, at such or such an hour; even so, almost, there are occasions when these Nantucketers time that other Leviathan of the deep, according to the observed humor of his speed; and say to themselves, so many hours hence this whale will have gone two hundred miles, will have about reached this or that degree of latitude or longitude
  • 7. As was afterwards learned, the Bachelor had ___ with the most surprising success; all the more wonderful, for that while cruising in the same seas numerous other vessels had gone entire months without securing a single fish
  • 13. " Unmindful of the tedious rope-ladders of the shrouds, the men, like shooting stars, slid to the deck, by the isolated backstays and halyards; while Ahab, less dartingly, but still rapidly was dropped from his _____
  • 14. But these were broken again by the light toes of hundreds of gay ____ softly feathering the sea, alternate with their fitful flight; and like to some flag-staff rising from the painted hull of an argosy, the tall but shattered pole of a recent lance projected from the white whale's back; and at intervals one of the cloud of soft-toed ____s hovering, and to and fro skimming like a canopy over the fish, silently perched and rocked on this pole, the long tail feathers streaming like pennons
  • 15. For a time, there reigned, too, a sense of peculiar dread at this flitting apparition, as if it were treacherously beckoning us on and on, in order that the monster might turn round upon us, and ____ us at last in the remotest and most savage seas
  • 16. And now poor Stubb goes to bed upon a mattrass that is all ___ soft; would it were stuffed with brushwood
  • 18. See with what entire freedom the wh___man takes his handful of lamps--often but old bottles and vials, though--to the copper cooler at the try-works, and replenishes them there, as mugs of ___ at a vat
  • 19. Among the more curious of such remains is part of a skull, which in the year 1779 was disinterred in the ___ Dauphine in Paris, a short street opening almost directly upon the palace of the Tuileries; and bones disinterred in excavating the great docks of Antwerp, in Napoleon's time
  • 20. "But look, Queequeg, ain't that a live ___ in your bowl
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