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felicity
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
happiness; or an instance or source of happiness

or:

pleasing and appropriate manner or style; or an instance of such
  • For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heartwoes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (12% in)
  • For now, since by many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fireside, the country; now that I have perceived all this, I am ready to squeeze case eternally.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (15% in)
  • Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind, that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see, that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (8% in)

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