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stolid
used in Moby Dick

4 uses
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Definition having or revealing little emotion — often thinking slowly

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of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
  • Yet was this half-horrible stolidity in him, involving, too, as it appeared, an all-ramifying heartlessness;—yet was it oddly dashed at times, with an old, crutch-like, antediluvian, wheezing humorousness, not unstreaked now and then with a certain grizzled wittiness; such as might have served to pass the time during the midnight watch on the bearded forecastle of Noah's ark.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (45% in)
  • Ahab stolidly turned aside; then said to Mayhew, "Captain, I have just bethought me of my letter-bag; there is a letter for one of thy officers, if I mistake not.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (58% in)
  • For nothing was this man more remarkable, than for a certain impersonal stolidity as it were; impersonal, I say; for it so shaded off into the surrounding infinite of things, that it seemed one with the general stolidity discernible in the whole visible world; which while pauselessly active in uncounted modes, still eternally holds its peace, and ignores you, though you dig foundations for cathedrals.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (43% in)
  • For nothing was this man more remarkable, than for a certain impersonal stolidity as it were; impersonal, I say; for it so shaded off into the surrounding infinite of things, that it seemed one with the general stolidity discernible in the whole visible world; which while pauselessly active in uncounted modes, still eternally holds its peace, and ignores you, though you dig foundations for cathedrals.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (44% in)

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