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melancholy
used in Moby Dick

8 uses
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Definition
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
  • A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy!
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (10% in)
  • This is the reason why most dyspeptic religionists cherish such melancholy notions about their hereafters.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (81% in)
  • It was one of those less lowering, but still grey and gloomy enough mornings of the transition, when with a fair wind the ship was rushing through the water with a vindictive sort of leaping and melancholy rapidity, that as I mounted to the deck at the call of the forenoon watch, so soon as I levelled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (16% in)
  • For nowadays, the whale-fishery furnishes an asylum for many romantic, melancholy, and absent-minded young men, disgusted with the carking cares of earth, and seeking sentiment in tar and blubber.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (57% in)
  • As when by unseen hands the water is gradually drawn off from some mighty fountain, and with half-stifled melancholy gurglings the spray-column lowers and lowers to the ground—so the last long dying spout of the whale.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (83% in)
  • Oh, Pip! thy wretched laugh, thy idle but unresting eye; all thy strange mummeries not unmeaningly blended with the black tragedy of the melancholy ship, and mocked it!
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (77% in)
  • "Bring it up; there's nothing else for it," said Starbuck, after a melancholy pause.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (85% in)
  • Now, as it shortly turned out, what made this incident of the Rachel's the more melancholy, was the circumstance, that not only was one of the Captain's sons among the number of the missing boat's crew; but among the number of the other boat's crews, at the same time, but on the other hand, separated from the ship during the dark vicissitudes of the chase, there had been still another son; as that for a time, the wretched father was plunged to the bottom of the cruellest perplexity;...
    Chapters 127-129 -- The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin--Ahab and Pip (57% in)

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