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torment
used in Moby Dick

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to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
  • With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (22% in)
  • And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (10% in)
  • At last, he emerged with his hat very much dented and crushed down over his eyes, and began creaking and limping about the room, as if, not being much accustomed to boots, his pair of damp, wrinkled cowhide ones—probably not made to order either—rather pinched and tormented him at the first go off of a bitter cold morning.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (41% in)
  • The lamp alarms and frightens Jonah; as lying in his berth his tormented eyes roll round the place, and this thus far successful fugitive finds no refuge for his restless glance.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (66% in)
  • And ever, as the white moon shows her affrighted face from the steep gullies in the blackness overhead, aghast Jonah sees the rearing bowsprit pointing high upward, but soon beat downward again towards the tormented deep.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (74% in)
  • But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (79% in)
  • All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (45% in)
  • Ah, God! what trances of torments does that man endure who is consumed with one unachieved revengeful desire.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (33% in)
  • Therefore, the tormented spirit that glared out of bodily eyes, when what seemed Ahab rushed from his room, was for the time but a vacated thing, a formless somnambulistic being, a ray of living light, to be sure, but without an object to colour, and therefore a blankness in itself.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (39% in)
  • Rather Cape Tormentoto, as called of yore; for long allured by the perfidious silences that before had attended us, we found ourselves launched into this tormented sea, where guilty beings transformed into those fowls and these fish, seemed condemned to swim on everlastingly without any haven in store, or beat that black air without any horizon.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (85% in)
  • But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (7% in)
  • From the ship, the smoke of the torments of the boiling whale is going up like the smoke over a village of smithies; and to windward, a black cloud, rising up with earnest of squalls and rains, seems to quicken the activity of the excited seamen.
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (76% in)
  • His tormented body rolled not in brine but in blood, which bubbled and seethed for furlongs behind in their wake.
    Chapters 61-63 — Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (52% 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)
  • But though boats have been taken down and lost in this way, yet it is this "holding on," as it is called; this hooking up by the sharp barbs of his live flesh from the back; this it is that often torments the Leviathan into soon rising again to meet the sharp lance of his foes.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (65% in)
  • So in dreams, have I seen majestic Satan thrusting forth his tormented colossal claw from the flame Baltic of Hell.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (38% in)
  • So that tormented to madness, he was now churning through the water, violently flailing with his flexible tail, and tossing the keen spade about him, wounding and murdering his own comrades.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (94% in)
  • This was the tormented surgeon, who, after in vain remonstrating against the proceedings of the day, had betaken himself to the Captain's round-house (CABINET he called it) to avoid the pest; but still, could not help yelling out his entreaties and indignations at times.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (28% in)
  • I have sat before the dense coal fire and watched it all aglow, full of its tormented flaming life; and I have seen it wane at last, down, down, to dumbest dust.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (22% in)
  • Such were the sounds that now came hurtling from out the old man's tormented sleep, as if Starbuck's voice had caused the long dumb dream to speak.
    Chapters 121-123 — Midnight, on the Forecastle; Midnight, Aloft; The Musket (96% in)
  • ...after so long and wide a preliminary cruise, Ahab,—all other whaling waters swept—seemed to have chased his foe into an ocean-fold, to slay him the more securely there; now, that he found himself hard by the very latitude and longitude where his tormenting wound had been inflicted; now that a vessel had been spoken which on the very day preceding had actually encountered Moby Dick;—and now that all his successive meetings with various ships contrastingly concurred to show the demoniac...
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (1% in)

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