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solemn
used in Moby Dick

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very serious—and often dignified
  • "All right again before long!" laughed the stranger, with a solemnly derisive sort of laugh.
    Chapters 19-21 -- The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (12% in)
  • This ended, in prolonged solemn tones, like the continual tolling of a bell in a ship that is foundering at sea in a fog—in such tones he commenced reading the following hymn; but changing his manner towards the concluding stanzas, burst forth with a pealing exultation and joy— "The ribs and terrors in the whale, Arched over me a dismal gloom, While all God's sun-lit waves rolled by, And lift me deepening down to doom.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (37% in)
  • As I sat there in that now lonely room; the fire burning low, in that mild stage when, after its first intensity has warmed the air, it then only glows to be looked at; the evening shades and phantoms gathering round the casements, and peering in upon us silent, solitary twain; the storm booming without in solemn swells; I began to be sensible of strange feelings.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (25% in)
  • Bildad laid down his book, and turning solemnly towards him said, "Captain Peleg, thou hast a generous heart; but thou must consider the duty thou owest to the other owners of this ship—widows and orphans, many of them—and that if we too abundantly reward the labors of this young man, we may be taking the bread from those widows and those orphans.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (45% in)
  • Meanwhile Captain Bildad sat earnestly and steadfastly eyeing Queequeg, and at last rising solemnly and fumbling in the huge pockets of his broad-skirted drab coat, took out a bundle of tracts, and selecting one entitled "The Latter Day Coming; or No Time to Lose," placed it in Queequeg's hands, and then grasping them and the book with both his, looked earnestly into his eyes, and said, "Son of darkness, I must do my duty by thee; I am part owner of this ship, and feel concerned for...
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (95% in)
  • Certain I am, however, that a king's head is solemnly oiled at his coronation, even as a head of salad.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (4% in)
  • But poorly could I withstand them, much as in other moods I was almost ready to smile at the solemn whimsicalities of that outlandish prophet of the wharves.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (7% in)
  • For, like the Coronation banquet at Frankfort, where the German Emperor profoundly dines with the seven Imperial Electors, so these cabin meals were somehow solemn meals, eaten in awful silence; and yet at table old Ahab forbade not conversation; only he himself was dumb.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (10% in)
  • 'This is the priest, he brings you the Evangelists,' said Don Sebastian, gravely, returning with a tall and solemn figure.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (99% in)
  • Sullenly taking the offered lantern, old Fleece limped across the deck to the bulwarks; and then, with one hand dropping his light low over the sea, so as to get a good view of his congregation, with the other hand he solemnly flourished his tongs, and leaning far over the side in a mumbling voice began addressing the sharks, while Stubb, softly crawling behind, overheard all that was said.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (35% in)
  • "Up dere," said Fleece, holding his tongs straight over his head, and keeping it there very solemnly.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (56% in)
  • Greedily sucking in this intelligence, Gabriel solemnly warned the captain against attacking the White Whale, in case the monster should be seen; in his gibbering insanity, pronouncing the White Whale to be no less a being than the Shaker God incarnated; the Shakers receiving the Bible.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (47% in)
  • Sometimes these tufts impart a rather brigandish expression to his otherwise solemn countenance.
    Chapters 73-75 -- Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (91% in)
  • For all his old age, and his one arm, and his blind eyes, he must die the death and be murdered, in order to light the gay bridals and other merry-makings of men, and also to illuminate the solemn churches that preach unconditional inoffensiveness by all to all.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (79% in)
  • And how nobly it raises our conceit of the mighty, misty monster, to behold him solemnly sailing through a calm tropical sea; his vast, mild head overhung by a canopy of vapour, engendered by his incommunicable contemplations, and that vapour—as you will sometimes see it—glorified by a rainbow, as if Heaven itself had put its seal upon his thoughts.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (22% in)
  • But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (56% in)
  • In good time, nevertheless, as the ardour of youth declines; as years and dumps increase; as reflection lends her solemn pauses; in short, as a general lassitude overtakes the sated Turk; then a love of ease and virtue supplants the love for maidens; our Ottoman enters upon the impotent, repentant, admonitory stage of life, forswears, disbands the harem, and grown to an exemplary, sulky old soul, goes about all alone among the meridians and parallels saying his prayers, and warning...
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (20% in)
  • Oh, you solemn rogue, you—you Bunger! was there ever such another Bunger in the watery world?
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (33% in)
  • Silent, slow, and solemn; bowing over still further his chronically broken back, he toiled away, as if toil were life itself, and the heavy beating of his hammer the heavy beating of his heart.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (6% in)
  • "Aye, sir," said Starbuck drawing near, " 'tis a solemn sight; an omen, and an ill one."
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (29% in)

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