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archangel
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
an angel of high rank
  • But in gazing at such scenes, it is all in all what mood you are in; if in the Dantean, the devils will occur to you; if in that of Isaiah, the archangels.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (38% in)
  • For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heartwoes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (12% in)
  • ...now chanced to intercept its broad fluttering wing between the hammer and the wood; and simultaneously feeling that etherial thrill, the submerged savage beneath, in his death-gasp, kept his hammer frozen there; and so the bird of heaven, with archangelic shrieks, and his imperial beak thrust upwards, and his whole captive form folded in the flag of Ahab, went down with his ship, which, like Satan, would not sink to hell till she had dragged a living part of heaven along with her, and...
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (99% in)

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  • He announced himself as the archangel Gabriel, and commanded the captain to jump overboard.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (34% in)
  • Do you think the archangel Gabriel thinks anything the less of me, because I promptly and respectfully obey that old hunks in that particular instance?
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (15% in)
  • At intervals, it arched forth its vast archangel wings, as if to embrace some holy ark.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (71% in)
  • As such a man, however, was not of much practical use in the ship, especially as he refused to work except when he pleased, the incredulous captain would fain have been rid of him; but apprised that that individual's intention was to land him in the first convenient port, the archangel forthwith opened all his seals and vials—devoting the ship and all hands to unconditional perdition, in case this intention was carried out.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (36% in)
  • The consequence of all this was, that the archangel cared little or nothing for the captain and mates; and since the epidemic had broken out, he carried a higher hand than ever; declaring that the plague, as he called it, was at his sole command; nor should it be stayed but according to his good pleasure.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (39% in)
  • Meantime, the hoisted sperm whale's head jogged about very violently, and Gabriel was seen eyeing it with rather more apprehensiveness than his archangel nature seemed to warrant.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (45% in)
  • But when, some year or two afterwards, Moby Dick was fairly sighted from the mast-heads, Macey, the chief mate, burned with ardour to encounter him; and the captain himself being not unwilling to let him have the opportunity, despite all the archangel's denunciations and forewarnings, Macey succeeded in persuading five men to man his boat.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (48% in)
  • This terrible event clothed the archangel with added influence; because his credulous disciples believed that he had specifically fore-announced it, instead of only making a general prophecy, which any one might have done, and so have chanced to hit one of many marks in the wide margin allowed.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (55% in)

There are no more uses of "archangel" in Moby Dick.

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