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- Those thews ran not through base blocks of land wood, but deftly travelled over sheaves of sea-ivory.Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (9% in)
- In the midst of this consternation, Queequeg dropped deftly to his knees, and crawling under the path of the boom, whipped hold of a rope, secured one end to the bulwarks, and then flinging the other like a lasso, caught it round the boom as it swept over his head, and at the next jerk, the spar was that way trapped, and all was safe.Chapters 13-15 -- Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (39% in)
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