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mystic
used in Moby Dick

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relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
  • A wild, mystical, sympathetical feeling was in me; Ahab's quenchless feud seemed mine.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (18% in)
  • These things are reciprocal; the ball rebounds, only to bound forward again; for now in laying open the haunts of the whale, the whalemen seem to have indirectly hit upon new clews to that same mystic North-West Passage.
    Extracts (89% in)
  • Why upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land?
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (9% in)
  • So utterly lost was he to all sense of reverence for the many marvels of their majestic bulk and mystic ways; and so dead to anything like an apprehension of any possible danger from encountering them; that in his poor opinion, the wondrous whale was but a species of magnified mouse, or at least water-rat, requiring only a little circumvention and some small application of time and trouble in order to kill and boil.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (65% in)
  • ...have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every dimly-discovered, uprising fin of some undiscernible...
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (60% in)
  • The three mates quailed before his strong, sustained, and mystic aspect.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (95% in)
  • ...as the secrets of the currents in the seas have never yet been divulged, even to the most erudite research; so the hidden ways of the Sperm Whale when beneath the surface remain, in great part, unaccountable to his pursuers; and from time to time have originated the most curious and contradictory speculations regarding them, especially concerning the mystic modes whereby, after sounding to a great depth, he transports himself with such vast swiftness to the most widely distant points.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (35% in)
  • Aside from those more obvious considerations touching Moby Dick, which could not but occasionally awaken in any man's soul some alarm, there was another thought, or rather vague, nameless horror concerning him, which at times by its intensity completely overpowered all the rest; and yet so mystical and well nigh ineffable was it, that I almost despair of putting it in a comprehensible form.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (61% in)
  • So that by no possibility could Coleridge's wild Rhyme have had aught to do with those mystical impressions which were mine, when I saw that bird upon our deck.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (73% in)
  • But how had the mystic thing been caught?
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (74% in)
  • Though neither knows where lie the nameless things of which the mystic sign gives forth such hints; yet with me, as with the colt, somewhere those things must exist.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (96% in)
  • ...not actually inherent in substances, but only laid on from without; so that all deified Nature absolutely paints like the harlot, whose allurements cover nothing but the charnel-house within; and when we proceed further, and consider that the mystical cosmetic which produces every one of her hues, the great principle of light, for ever remains white or colourless in itself, and if operating without medium upon matter, would touch all objects, even tulips and roses, with its own blank...
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (99% in)
  • Was it not so, O Don Miguel! thou Chilian whale, marked like an old tortoise with mystic hieroglyphics upon the back!
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (55% in)
  • Like those mystic rocks, too, the mystic-marked whale remains undecipherable.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (58% in)
  • Like those mystic rocks, too, the mystic-marked whale remains undecipherable.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (58% in)
  • ...inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelope; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (20% in)
  • Human or animal, the mystical brow is as that great golden seal affixed by the German Emperors to their decrees.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (8% in)
  • Lying in strange folds, courses, and convolutions, to their apprehensions, it seems more in keeping with the idea of his general might to regard that mystic part of him as the seat of his intelligence.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (19% in)
  • When Brahma, or the God of Gods, saith the Shaster, resolved to recreate the world after one of its periodical dissolutions, he gave birth to Vishnoo, to preside over the work; but the Vedas, or mystical books, whose perusal would seem to have been indispensable to Vishnoo before beginning the creation, and which therefore must have contained something in the shape of practical hints to young architects, these Vedas were lying at the bottom of the waters; so Vishnoo became incarnate in...
    Chapters 82-84 -- The Honour and Glory of Whaling; Jonah Historically Regarded; Pitchpoling (37% in)
  • In an extensive herd, so remarkable, occasionally, are these mystic gestures, that I have heard hunters who have declared them akin to Free-Mason signs and symbols; that the whale, indeed, by these methods intelligently conversed with the world.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (43% in)
  • The ribs were hung with trophies; the vertebrae were carved with Arsacidean annals, in strange hieroglyphics; in the skull, the priests kept up an unextinguished aromatic flame, so that the mystic head again sent forth its vapoury spout; while, suspended from a bough, the terrific lower jaw vibrated over all the devotees, like the hair-hung sword that so affrighted Damocles.
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (83% in)
  • For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heartwoes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (12% in)
  • And this tattooing had been the work of a departed prophet and seer of his island, who, by those hieroglyphic marks, had written out on his body a complete theory of the heavens and the earth, and a mystical treatise on the art of attaining truth; so that Queequeg in his own proper person was a riddle to unfold; a wondrous work in one volume; but whose mysteries not even himself could read, though his own live heart beat against them; and these mysteries were therefore destined in the...
    Chapters 109-111 -- Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (85% in)
  • And all this mixes with your most mystic mood; so that fact and fancy, half-way meeting, interpenetrate, and form one seamless whole.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (87% in)
  • But though his whole life was now become one watch on deck; and though the Parsee's mystic watch was without intermission as his own; yet these two never seemed to speak—one man to the other—unless at long intervals some passing unmomentous matter made it necessary.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (18% in)
  • For not by any calm and indolent spoutings; not by the peaceable gush of that mystic fountain in his head, did the White Whale now reveal his vicinity; but by the far more wondrous phenomenon of breaching.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (42% in)

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