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- And if the idea of peril so much enhances the popular conceit of the soldier's profession; let me assure ye that many a veteran who has freely marched up to a battery, would quickly recoil at the apparition of the sperm whale's vast tail, fanning into eddies the air over his head.Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (64% in)
- In striking at a boat, he swiftly curves away his flukes from it, and the blow is only inflicted by the recoil.Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (32% in)
- * So, in a gale, the but half baffled Channel billows only recoil from the base of the Eddystone, triumphantly to overleap its summit with their scud.Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (19% in)
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