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incantation
used in Moby Dick

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words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
  • So still and subdued and yet somehow preluding was all the scene, and such an incantation of reverie lurked in the air, that each silent sailor seemed resolved into his own invisible self.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (19% in)
  • But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous—why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian's Deity; and yet should be as it is, the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (96% in)

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