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subtle
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Moby Dick
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  • Gifted with the high perception, I lack the low, enjoying power; damned, most subtly and most malignantly!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And all these subtle agencies, more and more they wrought on Ahab's texture.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If he did not have a common soul in him, he had a subtle something that somehow anomalously did its duty.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Some of the subtlest secrets of the seas seemed divulged to us in this enchanted pond.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Ah, mortal! then, be heedful; for so, in all this din of the great world's loom, thy subtlest thinkings may be overheard afar.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In this central expanse the sea presented that smooth satin-like surface, called a sleek, produced by the subtle moisture thrown off by the whale in his more quiet moods.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • This was strangely heightened at times by the ragged Elijah's diabolical incoherences uninvitedly recurring to me, with a subtle energy I could not have before conceived of.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Such is the subtle elasticity of the organ I treat of, that whether wielded in sport, or in earnest, or in anger, whatever be the mood it be in, its flexions are invariably marked by exceeding grace.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • True, both his eyes, in themselves, must simultaneously act; but is his brain so much more comprehensive, combining, and subtle than man's, that he can at the same moment of time attentively examine two distinct prospects, one on one side of him, and the other in an exactly opposite direction?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If then, Sir William Jones, who read in thirty languages, could not read the simplest peasant's face in its profounder and more subtle meanings, how may unlettered Ishmael hope to read the awful Chaldee of the Sperm Whale's brow? I but put that brow before you.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But when Steelkilt made known his determination still to lead them to the last, they in some way, by some subtle chemistry of villany, mixed their before secret treacheries together; and when their leader fell into a doze, verbally opened their souls to each other in three sentences; and bound the sleeper with cords, and gagged him with cords; and shrieked out for the Captain at midnight.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Not only that, but the subtle insanity of Ahab respecting Moby Dick was noways more significantly manifested than in his superlative sense and shrewdness in foreseeing that, for the present, the hunt should in some way be stripped of that strange imaginative impiousness which naturally invested it; that the full terror of the voyage must be kept withdrawn into the obscure background (for few men's courage is proof against protracted meditation unrelieved by action); that when they…  (not reviewed by editor)

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