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commotion
used in Moby Dick

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a disturbance — typically noisy
  • He goes down in the whirling heart of such a masterless commotion that he scarce heeds the moment when he drops seething into the yawning jaws awaiting him; and the whale shoots-to all his ivory teeth, like so many white bolts, upon his prison.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (81% in)
  • Instantly all was commotion.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (28% in)
  • Then all in one welded commotion came an invisible push from astern, while forward the boat seemed striking on a ledge; the sail collapsed and exploded; a gush of scalding vapour shot up near by; something rolled and tumbled like an earthquake beneath us.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (91% in)
  • Thus, the foreground is all raging commotion; but behind, in admirable artistic contrast, is the glassy level of a sea becalmed, the drooping unstarched sails of the powerless ship, and the inert mass of a dead whale, a conquered fortress, with the flag of capture lazily hanging from the whale-pole inserted into his spout-hole.
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (61% in)
  • Go and gaze upon all the paintings of Europe, and where will you find such a gallery of living and breathing commotion on canvas, as in that triumphal hall at Versailles; where the beholder fights his way, pell-mell, through the consecutive great battles of France; where every sword seems a flash of the Northern Lights, and the successive armed kings and Emperors dash by, like a charge of crowned centaurs?
    Chapters 55-57 -- Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint…. (63% in)
  • Stubb and Tashtego here changed places—stem for stern—a staggering business truly in that rocking commotion.
    Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (43% in)
  • The central body of it is hidden in the snowy sparkling mist enveloping it; and how can you certainly tell whether any water falls from it, when, always, when you are close enough to a whale to get a close view of his spout, he is in a prodigious commotion, the water cascading all around him.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (16% in)
  • Stripped to our shirts and drawers, we sprang to the white-ash, and after several hours' pulling were almost disposed to renounce the chase, when a general pausing commotion among the whales gave animating token that they were now at last under the influence of that strange perplexity of inert irresolution, which, when the fishermen perceive it in the whale, they say he is gallied.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (66% in)
  • It had been next to impossible to dart these drugged-harpoons, were it not that as we advanced into the herd, our whale's way greatly diminished; moreover, that as we went still further and further from the circumference of commotion, the direful disorders seemed waning.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (77% in)
  • Yes, we were now in that enchanted calm which they say lurks at the heart of every commotion.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (79% in)
  • Riotous and disordered as the universal commotion now was, it soon resolved itself into what seemed a systematic movement; for having clumped together at last in one dense body, they then renewed their onward flight with augmented fleetness.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (98% in)

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