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perceive
used in Moby Dick

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  • He now perceived that the Guernsey-man, who had just got into the chains, and was using a cutting-spade, had slung his nose in a sort of bag.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (20% in)
  • Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it—would they let me—since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (23% in)
  • Going forward and glancing over the weather bow, I perceived that the ship swinging to her anchor with the flood-tide, was now obliquely pointing towards the open ocean.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (22% in)
  • Nor, perhaps, will it fail to be eventually perceived, that behind those forms and usages, as it were, he sometimes masked himself; incidentally making use of them for other and more private ends than they were legitimately intended to subserve.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (95% in)
  • An uncommon large whale, the body of which was larger than the ship itself, lay almost at the surface of the water, but was not perceived by any one on board till the moment when the ship, which was in full sail, was almost upon him, so that it was impossible to prevent its striking against him.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (80% in)
  • If, then, you properly put these statements together, and reason upon them a bit, you will clearly perceive that, according to all human reasoning, Procopius's sea-monster, that for half a century stove the ships of a Roman Emperor, must in all probability have been a sperm whale.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (99% in)
  • But as he sat still for a moment, and as he steadfastly looked into the mate's malignant eye and perceived the stacks of powder-casks heaped up in him and the slow-match silently burning along towards them; as he instinctively saw all this, that strange forbearance and unwillingness to stir up the deeper passionateness in any already ireful being—a repugnance most felt, when felt at all, by really valiant men even when aggrieved—this nameless phantom feeling, gentlemen, stole over...
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (47% in)
  • —Now, gentlemen, so suddenly perceiving the snowy whale within fifty yards of the ship—forgetful of the compact among the crew—in the excitement of the moment, the Teneriffe man had instinctively and involuntarily lifted his voice for the monster, though for some little time past it had been plainly beheld from the three sullen mast-heads.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (87% in)
  • Whether the flitting attendance of the one still and solitary jet had gradually worked upon Ahab, so that he was now prepared to connect the ideas of mildness and repose with the first sight of the particular whale he pursued; however this was, or whether his eagerness betrayed him; whichever way it might have been, no sooner did he distinctly perceive the white mass, than with a quick intensity he instantly gave orders for lowering.
    Chapters 58-60 — Brit; Squid; The Line (41% in)
  • So strongly and metaphysically did I conceive of my situation then, that while earnestly watching his motions, I seemed distinctly to perceive that my own individuality was now merged in a joint stock company of two; that my free will had received a mortal wound; and that another's mistake or misfortune might plunge innocent me into unmerited disaster and death.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (76% in)
  • Wherefore, you must now have perceived that the front of the Sperm Whale's head is a dead, blind wall, without a single organ or tender prominence of any sort whatsoever.
    Chapters 76-78 — The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (7% in)
  • In profile, you plainly perceive that horizontal, semi-crescentic depression in the forehead's middle, which, in man, is Lavater's mark of genius.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (11% in)
  • But the curious external resemblance, I take it the Germans were not the first men to perceive.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (24% in)
  • And if at such times you should think that you really perceived drops of moisture in the spout, how do you know that they are not merely condensed from its vapour; or how do you know that they are not those identical drops superficially lodged in the spout-hole fissure, which is countersunk into the summit of the whale's head?
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (16% in)
  • Stripped to our shirts and drawers, we sprang to the white-ash, and after several hours' pulling were almost disposed to renounce the chase, when a general pausing commotion among the whales gave animating token that they were now at last under the influence of that strange perplexity of inert irresolution, which, when the fishermen perceive it in the whale, they say he is gallied.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (67% in)
  • But at length we perceived that by one of the unimaginable accidents of the fishery, this whale had become entangled in the harpoon-line that he towed; he had also run away with the cutting-spade in him; and while the free end of the rope attached to that weapon, had permanently caught in the coils of the harpoon-line round his tail, the cutting-spade itself had worked loose from his flesh.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (93% in)
  • Drawing across her bow, he perceived that in accordance with the fanciful French taste, the upper part of her stem-piece was carved in the likeness of a huge drooping stalk, was painted green, and for thorns had copper spikes projecting from it here and there; the whole terminating in a symmetrical folded bulb of a bright red colour.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (14% in)
  • Sounding him carefully, Stubb further perceived that the Guernsey-man had not the slightest suspicion concerning the ambergris.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (30% in)
  • Moreover, as if perceiving at last that if he should give undiluted conscientious advice to Pip, he would be leaving him too wide a margin to jump in for the future; Stubb suddenly dropped all advice, and concluded with a peremptory command, "Stick to the boat, Pip, or by the Lord, I won't pick you up if you jump; mind that.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (86% in)
  • For now, since by many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fireside, the country; now that I have perceived all this, I am ready to squeeze case eternally.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (14% in)
  • For now, since by many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fireside, the country; now that I have perceived all this, I am ready to squeeze case eternally.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (16% in)
  • "My captain, you must have ere this perceived, respected sir"—said the imperturbable godly-looking Bunger, slightly bowing to Ahab—"is apt to be facetious at times; he spins us many clever things of that sort.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (28% in)
  • From their arrow-slit in the skull, the priests perceived me taking the altitude of the final rib, "How now!" they shouted; "Dar'st thou measure this our god!
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (92% in)
  • But as if perceiving this stratagem, Moby Dick, with that malicious intelligence ascribed to him, sidelingly transplanted himself, as it were, in an instant, shooting his pleated head lengthwise beneath the boat.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (14% in)
  • At that preluding moment, ere the boat was yet snapped, Ahab, the first to perceive the whale's intent, by the crafty upraising of his head, a movement that loosed his hold for the time; at that moment his hand had made one final effort to push the boat out of the bite.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (17% in)

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