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  • Closing the door upon the landlady, I endeavored to prevail upon Queequeg to take a chair; but in vain.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In old times, there seem to have prevailed the most curious fancies concerning these blinds.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But the ship, having her full complement of seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his father's influence could prevail.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • By night the same muteness of humanity before the shrieks of the ocean prevailed; still in silence the men swung in the bowlines; still wordless Ahab stood up to the blast.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …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 man would emerge, gripping at the iron banister, to help his crippled way.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • For ever since those inventive but unscrupulous times when on the marble panellings of temples, the pedestals of statues, and on shields, medallions, cups, and coins, the dolphin was drawn in scales of chain-armor like Saladin's, and a helmeted head like St. George's; ever since then has something of the same sort of license prevailed, not only in most popular pictures of the whale, but in many scientific presentations of him.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: she prevailed upon him
as in: reason will prevail
as in: prevailing attitude
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