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brief
used in Moby Dick

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  • Starting from a brief standing sleep, I was horribly conscious of something fatally wrong.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (82% in)
  • It came in as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (20% in)
  • A brief pause ensued; the preacher slowly turned over the leaves of the Bible, and at last, folding his hand down upon the proper page, said: "Beloved shipmates, clinch the last verse of the first chapter of Jonah—'And God had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.'
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (41% in)
  • ...remained unseen by me; though, indeed, in many cases, a whale-ship will be completely fitted out, and receive all her crew on board, ere the captain makes himself visible by arriving to take command; for sometimes these voyages are so prolonged, and the shore intervals at home so exceedingly brief, that if the captain have a family, or any absorbing concernment of that sort, he does not trouble himself much about his ship in port, but leaves her to the owners till all is ready for sea.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (52% in)
  • But in brief, they are these: lungs and warm blood; whereas, all other fish are lungless and cold blooded.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (28% in)
  • His body was reaching eagerly forward, his hand stretched out like a wand, and at brief sudden intervals he continued his cries.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (26% in)
  • The vast swells of the omnipotent sea; the surging, hollow roar they made, as they rolled along the eight gunwales, like gigantic bowls in a boundless bowling-green; the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two; the sudden profound dip into the watery glens and hollows; the keen spurrings and goadings to gain the top of the opposite hill; the headlong, sled-like slide...
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (83% in)
  • But the monster's run was a brief one.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (62% in)
  • My God! what is the matter with me? thought I. Lo! in my brief sleep I had turned myself about, and was fronting the ship's stern, with my back to her prow and the compass.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (87% in)
  • But the added power of the boat did not equal the added power of the whale, for he seemed to have treble-banked his every fin; swimming with a velocity which plainly showed, that if now, under these circumstances, pushed on, the chase would prove an indefinitely prolonged, if not a hopeless one; nor could any crew endure for so long a period, such an unintermitted, intense straining at the oar; a thing barely tolerable only in some one brief vicissitude.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (26% in)

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