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essence
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
the defining or most important aspect of something
  • Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (63% in)
  • Winding far down from within the very heart of this spiked Hotel de Cluny where we here stand—however grand and wonderful, now quit it;—and take your way, ye nobler, sadder souls, to those vast Roman halls of Thermes; where far beneath the fantastic towers of man's upper earth, his root of grandeur, his whole awful essence sits in bearded state; an antique buried beneath antiquities, and throned on torsoes!
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (52% in)
  • Or is it, that as in essence whiteness is not so much a colour as the visible absence of colour; and at the same time the concrete of all colours; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows—a colourless, all-colour of atheism from which we shrink?
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (97% in)
  • Who would think, then, that such fine ladies and gentlemen should regale themselves with an essence found in the inglorious bowels of a sick whale!
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (53% in)
  • What that was, whether essence of quicksilver, or a few drops of hartshorn, there is no telling.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (55% in)

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