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sentinel
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Moby Dick
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  • —Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries.
  • So, almost every twenty-four hours, when the watches of the night were set, and the band on deck sentinelled the slumbers of the band below; and when if a rope was to be hauled upon the forecastle, the sailors flung it not rudely down, as by day, but with some cautiousness dropt it to its place for fear of disturbing their slumbering shipmates; when this sort of steady quietude would begin to prevail, habitually, the silent steersman would watch the cabin-scuttle; and ere long the old…

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  • A sentinel watched our approach.
  • She stood sentinel outside.

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