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- There is nothing like the perils of whaling to breed this free and easy sort of genial, desperado philosophy; and with it I now regarded this whole voyage of the Pequod, and the great White Whale its object.Chapters 49-51 -- The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (6% in)
- In truth, well nigh the whole of this passage being attended by very prosperous breezes, the Town-Ho had all but certainly arrived in perfect safety at her port without the occurrence of the least fatality, had it not been for the brutal overbearing of Radney, the mate, a Vineyarder, and the bitterly provoked vengeance of Steelkilt, a Lakeman and desperado from Buffalo.Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (30% in)
- But Steelkilt and his desperadoes were too much for them all; they succeeded in gaining the forecastle deck, where, hastily slewing about three or four large casks in a line with the windlass, these sea-Parisians entrenched themselves behind the barricade.Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (61% in)
- Like desperadoes they tugged and they strained, till the welcome cry was heard—"Stand up, Tashtego!Chapters 61-63 -- Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (35% in)
- A whale wounded (as we afterwards learned) in this part, but not effectually, as it seemed, had broken away from the boat, carrying along with him half of the harpoon line; and in the extraordinary agony of the wound, he was now dashing among the revolving circles like the lone mounted desperado Arnold, at the battle of Saratoga, carrying dismay wherever he went.Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (92% in)
There are no more uses of "desperado" in Moby Dick.
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