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sustain
used in Moby Dick

8 uses
  • But one cannot sustain an indifferent air concerning Fedallah.
    Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (50% in)
  • The three mates quailed before his strong, sustained, and mystic aspect.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (95% in)
  • But the sight of little Flask mounted upon gigantic Daggoo was yet more curious; for sustaining himself with a cool, indifferent, easy, unthought of, barbaric majesty, the noble negro to every roll of the sea harmoniously rolled his fine form.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (67% in)
  • And often you will notice that being conscious of the eyes of the whole visible world resting on him from the sides of the two ships, this standing captain is all alive to the importance of sustaining his dignity by maintaining his legs.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (21% in)
  • Subject to this, and other the like interruptions now and then, a conversation was sustained between the two parties; but at intervals not without still another interruption of a very different sort.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (27% in)
  • The timbers beneath are of a peculiar strength, fitted to sustain the weight of an almost solid mass of brick and mortar, some ten feet by eight square, and five in height.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (52% in)
  • As the unsetting polar star, which through the livelong, arctic, six months' night sustains its piercing, steady, central gaze; so Ahab's purpose now fixedly gleamed down upon the constant midnight of the gloomy crew.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (4% in)
  • When in working with his hands at some lofty almost isolated place in the rigging, which chances to afford no foothold, the sailor at sea is hoisted up to that spot, and sustained there by the rope; under these circumstances, its fastened end on deck is always given in strict charge to some one man who has the special watch of it.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (33% in)

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