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ordination
used in Moby Dick

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ceremony in which one is officially declared a minister, priest, rabbi, or other religious leader
  • This man interested me at once; and since the sea-gods had ordained that he should soon become my shipmate (though but a sleeping-partner one, so far as this narrative is concerned), I will here venture upon a little description of him.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (57% in)
  • Twenty-four hours after, his trick at the silent helm—nigh to the man who was apt to doze over the grave always ready dug to the seaman's hand—that fatal hour was then to come; and in the fore-ordaining soul of Steelkilt, the mate was already stark and stretched as a corpse, with his forehead crushed in.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (85% in)
  • It so chanced, that after the Parsee's disappearance, I was he whom the Fates ordained to take the place of Ahab's bowsman, when that bowsman assumed the vacant post; the same, who, when on the last day the three men were tossed from out of the rocking boat, was dropped astern.
    Epilogue (16% in)

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