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hospitable
used in Moby Dick

6 uses
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Definition
welcoming
in various senses, including:
  • inclined to treat guests well — as in "She is good-natured and hospitable."
  • favorable to life and growth — as in "The climate is hospitable to roses."
  • open to new ideas or change — as in "The organization is hospitable to new ideas."
  • If that double-bolted land, Japan, is ever to become hospitable, it is the whale-ship alone to whom the credit will be due; for already she is on the threshold.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (86% in)
  • Alone, in such remotest waters, that though you sailed a thousand miles, and passed a thousand shores, you would not come to any chiseled hearth-stone, or aught hospitable beneath that part of the sun; in such latitudes and longitudes, pursuing too such a calling as he does, the whaleman is wrapped by influences all tending to make his fancy pregnant with many a mighty birth.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (26% in)
  • Here are his reflections some time after quitting the ship, during a black night an open boat, when almost despairing of reaching any hospitable shore.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (72% in)
  • If two strangers crossing the Pine Barrens in New York State, or the equally desolate Salisbury Plain in England; if casually encountering each other in such inhospitable wilds, these twain, for the life of them, cannot well avoid a mutual salutation; and stopping for a moment to interchange the news; and, perhaps, sitting down for a while and resting in concert: then, how much more natural that upon the illimitable Pine Barrens and Salisbury Plains of the sea, two whaling vessels...
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (9% in)
  • But look at the godly, honest, unostentatious, hospitable, sociable, free-and-easy whaler!
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (16% in)
  • But why was it, think ye, that the Samuel Enderby, and some other English whalers I know of—not all though—were such famous, hospitable ships; that passed round the beef, and the bread, and the can, and the joke; and were not soon weary of eating, and drinking, and laughing?
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (59% in)

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