How glad and how grateful the relief from this unnatural hallucination of the night, and the fatal contingency of being brought by the lee!
It frequently happens that when several ships are cruising in company, a whale may be struck by one vessel, then escape, and be finally killed and captured by another vessel; and herein are indirectly comprised many minor contingencies, all partaking of this one grand feature.
* *The sperm whale, as with all other species of the Leviathan, but unlike most other fish, breeds indifferently at all seasons; after a gestation which may probably be set down at nine months, producing but one at a time; though in some few known instances giving birth to an Esau and Jacob:—a contingency provided for in suckling by two teats, curiously situated, one on each side of the anus; but the breasts themselves extend upwards from that.
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I was prepared for that contingency.
The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don’t have a plan of action for dealing with an accident.