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credulous
used in Moby Dick

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gullible (being too willing to believe)
  • his credulous disciples believed that he had specifically fore-announced it, instead of only making a general prophecy
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (55% in)
credulous = too willing to believe
  • Nevertheless, the old sea-traditions, the immemorial credulities, popularly invested this old Manxman with preternatural powers of discernment.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (28% in)
  • In good time, though, to his great delight, the three salt-sea warriors would rise and depart; to his credulous, fable-mongering ears, all their martial bones jingling in them at every step, like Moorish scimetars in scabbards.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (26% in)
  • Nor, credulous as such minds must have been, was this conceit altogether without some faint show of superstitious probability.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (34% in)
  • ...one or two very interesting and curious particulars in the habits of sperm whales, the foregoing chapter, in its earlier part, is as important a one as will be found in this volume; but the leading matter of it requires to be still further and more familiarly enlarged upon, in order to be adequately understood, and moreover to take away any incredulity which a profound ignorance of the entire subject may induce in some minds, as to the natural verity of the main points of this affair.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (42% in)
  • So that when I shall hereafter detail to you all the specialities and concentrations of potency everywhere lurking in this expansive monster; when I shall show you some of his more inconsiderable braining feats; I trust you will have renounced all ignorant incredulity, and be ready to abide by this; that though the Sperm Whale stove a passage through the Isthmus of Darien, and mixed the Atlantic with the Pacific, you would not elevate one hair of your eye-brow.
    Chapters 76-78 — The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (25% in)
  • The awe-stricken credulous slaves in the vicinity took it for the bones of one of the fallen angels.
    Chapters 103-105 — Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (43% in)
  • To the credulous mariners it seemed the same silent spout they had so long ago beheld in the moonlit Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (4% in)

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