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- Meanwhile Ahab half smothered in the foam of the whale's insolent tail, and too much of a cripple to swim,—though he could still keep afloat, even in the heart of such a whirlpool as that; helpless Ahab's head was seen, like a tossed bubble which the least chance shock might burst.Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (20% in)
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