(click/touch triangles for details)
- ...but in their hasty zeal to befriend him, and from the circumstance that both he and the sharks were at times half hidden by the blood-muddled water, those indiscreet spades of theirs would come nearer amputating a leg than a tail.Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (87% in)
zeal = enthusiasm
- So that, through their zeal for him, they had all conspired, so far as in them lay, to muffle up the knowledge of this thing from others; and hence it was, that not till a considerable interval had elapsed, did it transpire upon the Pequod's decks.Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (21% in)
There are no more uses of "zeal" in Moby Dick.
Typical Usage (best examples)