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sullen
used in Moby Dick

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showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
  • The three men were then cut down, all hands were turned to, and, sullenly worked by the moody seamen, the iron pumps clanged as before.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (78% in)
  • Very shy; always going solitary; unexpectedly rising to the surface in the remotest and most sullen waters; his straight and single lofty jet rising like a tall misanthropic spear upon a barren plain; gifted with such wondrous power and velocity in swimming, as to defy all present pursuit from man; this leviathan seems the banished and unconquerable Cain of his race, bearing for his mark that style upon his back.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (46% in)
  • And as when Spring and Summer had departed, that wild Logan of the woods, burying himself in the hollow of a tree, lived out the winter there, sucking his own paws; so, in his inclement, howling old age, Ahab's soul, shut up in the caved trunk of his body, there fed upon the sullen paws of its gloom!
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (29% in)
  • —Now, gentlemen, so suddenly perceiving the snowy whale within fifty yards of the ship—forgetful of the compact among the crew—in the excitement of the moment, the Teneriffe man had instinctively and involuntarily lifted his voice for the monster, though for some little time past it had been plainly beheld from the three sullen mast-heads.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (87% in)
  • Peering over the side you could just see them (as before you heard them) wallowing in the sullen, black waters, and turning over on their backs as they scooped out huge globular pieces of the whale of the bigness of a human head.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (19% 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 (34% in)
  • Den preach to him yourself," sullenly turning to go.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (37% in)
  • "Passed one once in Cape-Down," said the old man sullenly.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (53% in)
  • The smoke rolled away in sullen heaps.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (72% in)
  • As he sullenly swam off, the boats flew to the rescue.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (22% in)
  • Now small fowls flew screaming over the yet yawning gulf; a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides; then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (**% in)

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