Strangest in this, that so soon as dawn had come, I, who had talked with God, crept out of the house like a rat leaving its hiding place—a creature scarcely larger, an inferior animal, a thing that for any passing whim of our masters might be hunted and killed.
There are no more uses of "whim" in the book.
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They flew to Paris on a whim.
This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.