The whales might have made one of their regular soundings, not a temporary dive from mere fright; and if that were the case, Stubb, as his wont in such cases, it seems, was resolved to solace the languishing interval with his pipe.
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The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
If you’re worried their conversation will languish, include Kim. She will assure stimulating conversation no matter who is at the table.