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ignoble
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Moby Dick
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  • "I wonder what the old man wants with this lump of foul lard," said Stubb, not without some disgust at the thought of having to do with so ignoble a leviathan.
  • It designates the dark, glutinous substance which is scraped off the back of the Greenland or right whale, and much of which covers the decks of those inferior souls who hunt that ignoble Leviathan.
  • …or timidity, decline a contest with the Sperm Whale; at any rate, there are plenty of whalemen, especially among those whaling nations not sailing under the American flag, who have never hostilely encountered the Sperm Whale, but whose sole knowledge of the leviathan is restricted to the ignoble monster primitively pursued in the North; seated on their hatches, these men will hearken with a childish fireside interest and awe, to the wild, strange tales of Southern whaling.

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  • There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
  • To give him annual tribute, do him homage;
    Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend
    The dukedom, yet unbow’d—alas, poor Milan!—
    To most ignoble stooping.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest

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