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prodigy
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
an impressive or wonderful example of a particular quality

or:

a child prodigy (someone who is a master of one or more skills or arts at an early age)
  • Prodigies are told of him.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (57% in)
  • ...the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (69% in)
  • So that here, in the real living experience of living men, the prodigies related in old times of the inland Strello mountain in Portugal (near whose top there was said to be a lake in which the wrecks of ships floated up to the surface); and that still more wonderful story of the Arethusa fountain near Syracuse (whose waters were believed to have come from the Holy Land by an underground passage); these fabulous narrations are almost fully equalled by the realities of the whalemen.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (36% in)
  • Forced into familiarity, then, with such prodigies as these; and knowing that after repeated, intrepid assaults, the White Whale had escaped alive; it cannot be much matter of surprise that some whalemen should go still further in their superstitions; declaring Moby Dick not only ubiquitous, but immortal (for immortality is but ubiquity in time); that though groves of spears should be planted in his flanks, he would still swim away unharmed; or if indeed he should ever be made to spout...
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (37% in)
  • Long I gazed at that prodigy of plumage.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (72% in)
  • Not the wondrous cistern in the whale's huge head; not the prodigy of his unhinged lower jaw; not the miracle of his symmetrical tail; none of these would so surprise you, as half a glimpse of that unaccountable cone,—longer than a Kentuckian is tall, nigh a foot in diameter at the base, and jet-black as Yojo, the ebony idol of Queequeg.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (38% in)

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