And, doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago.
I am not superstitious, but I consider the Commodore’s interview with that whale as providential.
There, luck befriended him; two ships were about to sail for France, and were providentially in want of precisely that number of men which the sailor headed.
Therefore, I saw that here was a sort of interregnum in Providence; for its even-handed equity never could have so gross an injustice.
Do you know, gentlemen"—very gravely and mathematically bowing to each Captain in succession—"Do you know, gentlemen, that the digestive organs of the whale are so inscrutably constructed by Divine Providence, that it is quite impossible for him to completely digest even a man’s arm?
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On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.