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contingency
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Moby Dick
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  • 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.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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