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vocation
used in Moby Dick

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a particular type of job
  • He answered, to go to sea again, in his old vocation.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (94% in)
  • Doubtless one leading reason why the world declines honouring us whalemen, is this: they think that, at best, our vocation amounts to a butchering sort of business; and that when actively engaged therein, we are surrounded by all manner of defilements.
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (59% in)
  • For though the harpooneers, with the great body of the crew, were a far more barbaric, heathenish, and motley set than any of the tame merchant-ship companies which my previous experiences had made me acquainted with, still I ascribed this—and rightly ascribed it—to the fierce uniqueness of the very nature of that wild Scandinavian vocation in which I had so abandonedly embarked.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (10% in)
  • The large importance attached to the harpooneer's vocation is evinced by the fact, that originally in the old Dutch Fishery, two centuries and more ago, the command of a whale ship was not wholly lodged in the person now called the captain, but was divided between him and an officer called the Specksynder.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (87% in)
  • And however the general experiences in the fishery may amend such reports as these; yet in their full terribleness, even to the bloodthirsty item of Povelson, the superstitious belief in them is, in some vicissitudes of their vocation, revived in the minds of the hunters.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (31% in)
  • Such was the thunder of his voice, that spite of their amazement the men sprang over the rail; the sheaves whirled round in the blocks; with a wallow, the three boats dropped into the sea; while, with a dexterous, off-handed daring, unknown in any other vocation, the sailors, goat-like, leaped down the rolling ship's side into the tossed boats below.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (38% in)
  • Freely depicted in his own vocation, gentlemen, the Canaller would make a fine dramatic hero, so abundantly and picturesquely wicked is he.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (56% in)
  • Elsewhere in this volume the slanderous aspersion has been disproved, that the vocation of whaling is throughout a slatternly, untidy business.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (58% in)
  • I impute it, though, to their naturally unctuous natures, being rendered still more unctuous by the nature of their vocation, and especially by their pursuing their game in those frigid Polar Seas, on the very coasts of that Esquimaux country where the convivial natives pledge each other in bumpers of train oil.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (68% in)
  • Be it said, that in this vocation of whaling, sinecures are unknown; dignity and danger go hand in hand; till you get to be Captain, the higher you rise the harder you toil.
    Chapters 109-111 — Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (32% in)
  • But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (64% in)

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