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vigilant
used in Moby Dick

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carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
  • Beware of enlisting in your vigilant fisheries any lad with lean brow and hollow eye; given to unseasonable meditativeness; and who offers to ship with the Phaedon instead of Bowditch in his head.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (56% in)
  • ...now or ever made by man), the peculiar perils of it, and the community of interest prevailing among a company, all of whom, high or low, depend for their profits, not upon fixed wages, but upon their common luck, together with their common vigilance, intrepidity, and hard work; though all these things do in some cases tend to beget a less rigorous discipline than in merchantmen generally; yet, never mind how much like an old Mesopotamian family these whalemen may, in some primitive...
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (92% in)
  • First: The mariner, when drawing nigh the coasts of foreign lands, if by night he hear the roar of breakers, starts to vigilance, and feels just enough of trepidation to sharpen all his faculties; but under precisely similar circumstances, let him be called from his hammock to view his ship sailing through a midnight sea of milky whiteness—as if from encircling headlands shoals of combed white bears were swimming round him, then he feels a silent, superstitious dread; the shrouded...
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (90% in)
  • But in the cautious comprehensiveness and unloitering vigilance with which Ahab threw his brooding soul into this unfaltering hunt, he would not permit himself to rest all his hopes upon the one crowning fact above mentioned, however flattering it might be to those hopes; nor in the sleeplessness of his vow could he so tranquillize his unquiet heart as to postpone all intervening quest.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (26% in)
  • This vigilance was not long without reward.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (17% in)
  • But to such unresting vigilance over their dangerous allies was this small band of whites necessitated, both by night and by day, and so extreme was the hard work they underwent, that upon the vessel being ready again for sea, they were in such a weakened condition that the captain durst not put off with them in so heavy a vessel.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (92% in)
  • This improvement upon the original usage was introduced by no less a man than Stubb, in order to afford the imperilled harpooneer the strongest possible guarantee for the faithfulness and vigilance of his monkey-rope holder.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (82% in)
  • SIR T. BROWNE, V.E. It was a week or two after the last whaling scene recounted, and when we were slowly sailing over a sleepy, vapoury, mid-day sea, that the many noses on the Pequod's deck proved more vigilant discoverers than the three pairs of eyes aloft.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (1% in)
  • The season for the Line at length drew near; and every day when Ahab, coming from his cabin, cast his eyes aloft, the vigilant helmsman would ostentatiously handle his spokes, and the eager mariners quickly run to the braces, and would stand there with all their eyes centrally fixed on the nailed doubloon; impatient for the order to point the ship's prow for the equator.
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (1% in)
  • "The rods! the rods!" cried Starbuck to the crew, suddenly admonished to vigilance by the vivid lightning that had just been darting flambeaux, to light Ahab to his post.
    Chapters 118-120 -- The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (50% in)

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