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apprehensive
used in Moby Dick

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worried over possible misfortune
  • But whatever it was of apprehensiveness or uneasiness—to call it so—which I felt, yet whenever I came to look about me in the ship, it seemed against all warrantry to cherish such emotions.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (7% in)
  • Now this Radney, I suppose, was as little of a coward, and as little inclined to any sort of nervous apprehensiveness touching his own person as any fearless, unthinking creature on land or on sea that you can conveniently imagine, gentlemen.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (38% in)
  • Meantime, the hoisted sperm whale's head jogged about very violently, and Gabriel was seen eyeing it with rather more apprehensiveness than his archangel nature seemed to warrant.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (45% in)
  • Nor does it unfrequently occur, that Nantucket captains will send a son of such tender age away from them, for a protracted three or four years' voyage in some other ship than their own; so that their first knowledge of a whaleman's career shall be unenervated by any chance display of a father's natural but untimely partiality, or undue apprehensiveness and concern.
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (66% in)

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