…own hand for the shuttle, and as Queequeg, standing sideways, ever and anon slid his heavy oaken sword between the threads, and idly looking off upon the water, carelessly and unthinkingly drove home every yarn: I say so strange a dreaminess did there then reign all over the ship and all over the sea, only broken by the intermitting dull sound of the sword, that it seemed as if this were the Loom of Time, and I myself were a shuttle mechanically weaving and weaving away at the Fates.
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During the day it was never far from her immediate consciousness, intermittently returning at unsuspected moments, whispering and taunting her.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
They sat on a low hill, two salads between them, the sun making intermittent, appearances behind slow-moving clouds.