At the base of the mainmast, full beneath the doubloon and the flame, the Parsee was kneeling in Ahab’s front, but with his head bowed away from him; while near by, from the arched and overhanging rigging, where they had just been engaged securing a spar, a number of the seamen, arrested by the glare, now cohered together, and hung pendulous, like a knot of numbed wasps from a drooping, orchard twig.
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Language must cohere—it cannot be left loosely to float or to fly away.
Walt Whitman -- An American Primer -- http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/04apr/primer.htm(retrieved 03/26/08)