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allude
used in Moby Dick

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to make an indirect reference
  • By some tacit consent, throughout the voyage little or no allusion was made to it, especially by the mates.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (24% in)
  • It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane.
    Extracts (1% in)
  • But it seemed that, when on the wharf, Queequeg had not at all noticed what I now alluded to; hence I would have thought myself to have been optically deceived in that matter, were it not for Elijah's otherwise inexplicable question.
    Chapters 19-21 -- The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (82% in)
  • Ere that come to pass; ere the Pequod's weedy hull rolls side by side with the barnacled hulls of the leviathan; at the outset it is but well to attend to a matter almost indispensable to a thorough appreciative understanding of the more special leviathanic revelations and allusions of all sorts which are to follow.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (12% in)
  • Reference to nearly all the leviathanic allusions in the great poets of past days, will satisfy you that the Greenland whale, without one rival, was to them the monarch of the seas.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (19% in)
  • In connection with this appellative of "Whalebone whales," it is of great importance to mention, that however such a nomenclature may be convenient in facilitating allusions to some kind of whales, yet it is in vain to attempt a clear classification of the Leviathan, founded upon either his baleen, or hump, or fin, or teeth; notwithstanding that those marked parts or features very obviously seem better adapted to afford the basis for a regular system of Cetology than any other detached...
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (48% in)
  • Nor, will the tragic dramatist who would depict mortal indomitableness in its fullest sweep and direct swing, ever forget a hint, incidentally so important in his art, as the one now alluded to.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (99% in)
  • Now, in allusion to the white, silent stillness of death in this shark, and the mild deadliness of his habits, the French call him REQUIN.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (70% in)
  • And where Ahab's chances of accomplishing his object have hitherto been spoken of, allusion has only been made to whatever way-side, antecedent, extra prospects were his, ere a particular set time or place were attained, when all possibilities would become probabilities, and, as Ahab fondly thought, every possibility the next thing to a certainty.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (23% in)
  • Secondly: The ship Union, also of Nantucket, was in the year 1807 totally lost off the Azores by a similar onset, but the authentic particulars of this catastrophe I have never chanced to encounter, though from the whale hunters I have now and then heard casual allusions to it.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (74% in)
  • Now, the Captain D'Wolf here alluded to as commanding the ship in question, is a New Englander, who, after a long life of unusual adventures as a sea-captain, this day resides in the village of Dorchester near Boston.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (82% in)
  • The repeated specific allusions of Flask to "that whale," as he called the fictitious monster which he declared to be incessantly tantalizing his boat's bow with its tail—these allusions of his were at times so vivid and life-like, that they would cause some one or two of his men to snatch a fearful look over the shoulder.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (81% in)
  • The repeated specific allusions of Flask to "that whale," as he called the fictitious monster which he declared to be incessantly tantalizing his boat's bow with its tail—these allusions of his were at times so vivid and life-like, that they would cause some one or two of his men to snatch a fearful look over the shoulder.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (81% in)
  • And then, without at all alluding to the shovel, he pointed to three lads as the customary sweepers; who, not being billeted at the pumps, had done little or nothing all day.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (48% in)
  • The crotch alluded to on a previous page deserves independent mention.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (84% in)
  • This allusion to the Indian rocks reminds me of another thing.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (59% in)
  • Stubb here alluded to a strange story told of the Jeroboam, and a certain man among her crew, some time previous when the Pequod spoke the Town-Ho.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (29% in)
  • But as the stumps of harpoons are frequently found in the dead bodies of captured whales, with the flesh perfectly healed around them, and no prominence of any kind to denote their place; therefore, there must needs have been some other unknown reason in the present case fully to account for the ulceration alluded to.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (86% in)
  • The allusion to the waif and waif-poles in the last chapter but one, necessitates some account of the laws and regulations of the whale fishery, of which the waif may be deemed the grand symbol and badge.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (34% in)
  • In the course of the defence, the witty Erskine went on to illustrate his position, by alluding to a recent crim. con. case, wherein a gentleman, after in vain trying to bridle his wife's viciousness, had at last abandoned her upon the seas of life; but in the course of years, repenting of that step, he instituted an action to recover possession of her.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (52% in)
  • They know not the thing you distantly allude to.
    Chapters 97-99 -- The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (26% in)
  • But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (62% in)

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