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Moby Dick
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  • And if the idea of peril so much enhances the popular conceit of the soldier’s profession; let me assure ye that many a veteran who has freely marched up to a battery, would quickly recoil at the apparition of the sperm whale’s vast tail, fanning into eddies the air over his head.
  • In striking at a boat, he swiftly curves away his flukes from it, and the blow is only inflicted by the recoil.
  • * So, in a gale, the but half baffled Channel billows only recoil from the base of the Eddystone, triumphantly to overleap its summit with their scud.

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  • Most Americans recoil at the thought of government using torture.

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