- But if these suspicions were really his, he sagaciously refrained from verbally expressing them, however his actions might seem to hint them.Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (27% in)
- I observed, however, that one of them held somewhat aloof, and though he seemed desirous not to spoil the hilarity of his shipmates by his own sober face, yet upon the whole he refrained from making as much noise as the rest.Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (56% in)
- Queequeg patted their foreheads; Starbuck scratched their backs with his lance; but fearful of the consequences, for the time refrained from darting it.Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (83% in)
- But the captain, for some unknown constitutional reason, had refrained from mentioning all this, and not till forced to it by Ahab's iciness did he allude to his one yet missing boy; a little lad, but twelve years old, whose father with the earnest but unmisgiving hardihood of a Nantucketer's paternal love, had thus early sought to initiate him in the perils and wonders of a vocation almost immemorially the destiny of all his race.Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (62% in)
There are no more uses of "refrain" in Moby Dick.
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