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- 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...Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (8% in)
impetuously = impulsively (acting suddenly without much thought)
- ...of common occurrence in this kind of life; considering that at the superlatively critical instant of going on to the whale I must resign my life into the hands of him who steered the boat—oftentimes a fellow who at that very moment is in his impetuousness upon the point of scuttling the craft with his own frantic stampings; considering that the particular disaster to our own particular boat was chiefly to be imputed to Starbuck's driving on to his whale almost in the teeth of a squall,...Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (16% in)
- I see!' impetuously exclaimed Don Pedro, spilling his chicha upon his silvery ruffles.Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (59% in)
- "Man my boat!" cried Ahab, impetuously, and tossing about the oars near him—"Stand by to lower!"Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (3% in)
There are no more uses of "impetuous" in Moby Dick.
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