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- When first severed, the head is dropped astern and held there by a cable till the body is stripped.Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (4% in)
- Whereupon, this accomplished swordsman, warning all hands to stand off, once more makes a scientific dash at the mass, and with a few sidelong, desperate, lunging slicings, severs it completely in twain; so that while the short lower part is still fast, the long upper strip, called a blanket-piece, swings clear, and is all ready for lowering.Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (24% in)
- After being severed from the whale, the white-horse is first cut into portable oblongs ere going to the mincer.Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (18% in)
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