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impel
used in Moby Dick

7 uses
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to make someone feel they must do something
  • While yet some distance from the Pequod, she rounded to, and dropping a boat, her captain was impelled towards us, impatiently standing in the bows instead of the stern.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (32% in)
  • Judge, then, to what pitches of inflamed, distracted fury the minds of his more desperate hunters were impelled, when amid the chips of chewed boats, and the sinking limbs of torn comrades, they swam out of the white curds of the whale's direful wrath into the serene, exasperating sunlight, that smiled on, as if at a birth or a bridal.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (42% in)
  • Slowly wading through the meadows of brit, the Pequod still held on her way north-eastward towards the island of Java; a gentle air impelling her keel, so that in the surrounding serenity her three tall tapering masts mildly waved to that languid breeze, as three mild palms on a plain.
    Chapters 58-60 -- Brit; Squid; The Line (31% in)
  • Unerringly impelling this dead, impregnable, uninjurable wall, and this most buoyant thing within; there swims behind it all a mass of tremendous life, only to be adequately estimated as piled wood is—by the cord; and all obedient to one volition, as the smallest insect.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (22% in)
  • And besides other reasons, to this conclusion I am impelled, by considerations touching the great inherent dignity and sublimity of the Sperm Whale; I account him no common, shallow being, inasmuch as it is an undisputed fact that he is never found on soundings, or near shores; all other whales sometimes are.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (20% in)
  • Making so long a passage through such unfrequented waters, descrying no ships, and ere long, sideways impelled by unvarying trade winds, over waves monotonously mild; all these seemed the strange calm things preluding some riotous and desperate scene.
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (65% in)
  • Setting sail to the rising wind, the lonely boat was swiftly impelled to leeward, by both oars and canvas.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (82% in)

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