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Definitionsomeone who attacks
- Meantime, Gabriel, ascending to the main-royal mast-head, was tossing one arm in frantic gestures, and hurling forth prophecies of speedy doom to the sacrilegious assailants of his divinity.Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (50% in)
- It was hardly to be doubted, that several vessels reported to have encountered, at such or such a time, or on such or such a meridian, a Sperm Whale of uncommon magnitude and malignity, which whale, after doing great mischief to his assailants, had completely escaped them; to some minds it was not an unfair presumption, I say, that the whale in question must have been no other than Moby Dick.Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (21% in)
- Nor are there wanting other motions of the whale in his general body, full of strangeness, and unaccountable to his most experienced assailant.Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (43% in)
- As if to strike a quick terror into them, by this time being the first assailant himself, Moby Dick had turned, and was now coming for the three crews.Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (44% in)
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