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assume
used in Moby Dick

16 uses
  • But as you come nearer to this great head it begins to assume different aspects, according to your point of view.
    Chapters 73-75 — Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (78% in)
  • Whereas, among spouting fish the tail, though it may be similarly shaped, invariably assumes a horizontal position.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (30% in)
  • And though of all men the moody captain of the Pequod was the least given to that sort of shallowest assumption; and though the only homage he ever exacted, was implicit, instantaneous obedience; though he required no man to remove the shoes from his feet ere stepping upon the quarter-deck; and though there were times when, owing to peculiar circumstances connected with events hereafter to be detailed, he addressed them in unusual terms, whether of condescension or IN TERROREM, or...
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (94% in)
  • For be a man's intellectual superiority what it will, it can never assume the practical, available supremacy over other men, without the aid of some sort of external arts and entrenchments, always, in themselves, more or less paltry and base.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (96% in)
  • But even assuming all this to be true; yet, were it not for the whiteness, you would not have that intensified terror.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (69% in)
  • But as the mind does not exist unless leagued with the soul, therefore it must have been that, in Ahab's case, yielding up all his thoughts and fancies to his one supreme purpose; that purpose, by its own sheer inveteracy of will, forced itself against gods and devils into a kind of self-assumed, independent being of its own.
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (38% in)
  • King of Japan, whose lofty jet they say at times assumed the semblance of a snow-white cross against the sky?
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (54% in)
  • But with Ahab the question assumed a modified aspect.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (30% in)
  • During all this blackness of the elements, Ahab, though assuming for the time the almost continual command of the drenched and dangerous deck, manifested the gloomiest reserve; and more seldom than ever addressed his mates.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (88% in)
  • Assuming the blubber to be the skin of the whale; then, when this skin, as in the case of a very large Sperm Whale, will yield the bulk of one hundred barrels of oil; and, when it is considered that, in quantity, or rather weight, that oil, in its expressed state, is only three fourths, and not the entire substance of the coat; some idea may hence be had of the enormousness of that animated mass, a mere part of whose mere integument yields such a lake of liquid as that.
    Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (46% in)
  • A strange, apostolic whim having seized him, he had left Neskyeuna for Nantucket, where, with that cunning peculiar to craziness, he assumed a steady, common-sense exterior, and offered himself as a green-hand candidate for the Jeroboam's whaling voyage.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (33% in)
  • But leaving this hint to operate as it may with the phrenologists, I would merely assume the spinal theory for a moment, in reference to the Sperm Whale's hump.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (29% in)
  • Assume it, and it follows that if all the blood in a man could be aerated with one breath, he might then seal up his nostrils and not fetch another for a considerable time.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (4% in)
  • Yet, as the ever-woven verdant warp and woof intermixed and hummed around him, the mighty idler seemed the cunning weaver; himself all woven over with the vines; every month assuming greener, fresher verdure; but himself a skeleton.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (89% in)
  • He was like one of those unreasoning but still highly useful, MULTUM IN PARVO, Sheffield contrivances, assuming the exterior—though a little swelled—of a common pocket knife; but containing, not only blades of various sizes, but also screw-drivers, cork-screws, tweezers, awls, pens, rulers, nail-filers, countersinkers.
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (51% in)
  • It so chanced, that after the Parsee's disappearance, I was he whom the Fates ordained to take the place of Ahab's bowsman, when that bowsman assumed the vacant post; the same, who, when on the last day the three men were tossed from out of the rocking boat, was dropped astern.
    Epilogue (20% in)

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