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capricious
used in Moby Dick

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impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
  • Nothing was said for some moments, while a succession of riotous waves rolled by, which by one of those occasional caprices of the seas were tumbling, not heaving it.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (44% in)
caprices = unpredictable events
  • For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable—they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness—and when retained for any object remote and blank in the pursuit, however promissory of life and passion in the end, it is above all things requisite that temporary interests and employments should intervene and hold them healthily suspended for the...
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (8% in)
  • Though in the course of his continual voyagings Ahab must often before have noticed a similar sight, yet, to any monomaniac man, the veriest trifles capriciously carry meanings.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (5% in)
  • Their tawny features, now all begrimed with smoke and sweat, their matted beards, and the contrasting barbaric brilliancy of their teeth, all these were strangely revealed in the capricious emblazonings of the works.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (75% in)
  • For not to speak of his readiness in ordinary duties:—repairing stove boats, sprung spars, reforming the shape of clumsy-bladed oars, inserting bull's eyes in the deck, or new tree-nails in the side planks, and other miscellaneous matters more directly pertaining to his special business; he was moreover unhesitatingly expert in all manner of conflicting aptitudes, both useful and capricious.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (34% in)

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