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agony
used in Moby Dick

8 uses
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Definition
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
  • Terrors of the terrible! is all this agony so vain?
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (53% in)
  • Mad with the agonies he endures from these fresh attacks, the infuriated Sperm Whale rolls over and over; he rears his enormous head, and with wide expanded jaws snaps at everything around him; he rushes at the boats with his head; they are propelled before him with vast swiftness, and sometimes utterly destroyed....
    Extracts (70% in)
  • The vast swells of the omnipotent sea; the surging, hollow roar they made, as they rolled along the eight gunwales, like gigantic bowls in a boundless bowling-green; the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two; the sudden profound dip into the watery glens and hollows; the keen spurrings and goadings to gain the top of the opposite hill; the headlong, sled-like slide...
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (83% in)
  • The whale was now going head out, and sending his spout before him in a continual tormented jet; while his one poor fin beat his side in an agony of fright.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (55% in)
  • As the three boats lay there on that gently rolling sea, gazing down into its eternal blue noon; and as not a single groan or cry of any sort, nay, not so much as a ripple or a bubble came up from its depths; what landsman would have thought, that beneath all that silence and placidity, the utmost monster of the seas was writhing and wrenching in agony!
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (68% in)
  • A whale wounded (as we afterwards learned) in this part, but not effectually, as it seemed, had broken away from the boat, carrying along with him half of the harpoon line; and in the extraordinary agony of the wound, he was now dashing among the revolving circles like the lone mounted desperado Arnold, at the battle of Saratoga, carrying dismay wherever he went.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (92% in)
  • Here again with haughty agony, I read my sire.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (85% in)
  • —see, it's a brave man that weeps; how great the agony of the persuasion then!"
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (72% in)

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