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delicacy
used in Moby Dick

7 uses
  • It is upon record, that three centuries ago the tongue of the Right Whale was esteemed a great delicacy in France, and commanded large prices there.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (66% in)
  • Thinks I, Queequeg, under the circumstances, this is a very civilized overture; but, the truth is, these savages have an innate sense of delicacy, say what you will; it is marvellous how essentially polite they are.
    Chapters 4-6 -- The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (32% in)
  • He called it the SLEET'S CROW'S-NEST, in honour of himself; he being the original inventor and patentee, and free from all ridiculous false delicacy, and holding that if we call our own children after our own names (we fathers being the original inventors and patentees), so likewise should we denominate after ourselves any other apparatus we may beget.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (48% in)
  • Nevertheless, so potent an influence did this thing have on those seamen in the Pequod who came to the full knowledge of it, and by such a strange delicacy, to call it so, were they governed in this matter, that they kept the secret among themselves so that it never transpired abaft the Pequod's main-mast.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (26% in)
  • 'In the name of all us Limeese, I but desire to express to you, sir sailor, that we have by no means overlooked your delicacy in not substituting present Lima for distant Venice in your corrupt comparison.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (55% in)
  • Third: I cannot demonstrate it, but it seems to me, that in the whale the sense of touch is concentrated in the tail; for in this respect there is a delicacy in it only equalled by the daintiness of the elephant's trunk.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (34% in)
  • This delicacy is chiefly evinced in the action of sweeping, when in maidenly gentleness the whale with a certain soft slowness moves his immense flukes from side to side upon the surface of the sea; and if he feel but a sailor's whisker, woe to that sailor, whiskers and all.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (34% in)

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