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- I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (98% in)
- At that moment the two wakes were fairly crossed, and instantly, then, in accordance with their singular ways, shoals of small harmless fish, that for some days before had been placidly swimming by our side, darted away with what seemed shuddering fins, and ranged themselves fore and aft with the stranger's flanks.Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (4% in)
- As the three boats lay there on that gently rolling sea, gazing down into its eternal blue noon; and as not a single groan or cry of any sort, nay, not so much as a ripple or a bubble came up from its depths; what landsman would have thought, that beneath all that silence and placidity, the utmost monster of the seas was writhing and wrenching in agony!Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (68% in)
- For that strange spectacle observable in all sperm whales dying—the turning sunwards of the head, and so expiring—that strange spectacle, beheld of such a placid evening, somehow to Ahab conveyed a wondrousness unknown before.Chapters 115-117 -- The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (59% in)
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