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engage
used in Moby Dick

25 uses
  • They engaged him; but straightway upon the ship's getting out of sight of land, his insanity broke out in a freshet.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (33% in)
  • The quantity of line withdrawn from the boats engaged in the capture of this one whale, amounted altogether to 10,440 yards or nearly six English miles....
    Extracts (69% in)
  • The vessel under short sail, with look-outs at the mast-heads, eagerly scanning the wide expanse around them, has a totally different air from those engaged in regular voyage.
    Extracts (90% in)
  • Do you pretend to say, landlord, that this harpooneer is actually engaged this blessed Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, in peddling his head around this town?
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (68% in)
  • This account cleared up the otherwise unaccountable mystery, and showed that the landlord, after all, had had no idea of fooling me—but at the same time what could I think of a harpooneer who stayed out of a Saturday night clean into the holy Sabbath, engaged in such a cannibal business as selling the heads of dead idolators?
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (73% in)
  • Thus I soon engaged his interest; and from that we went to jabbering the best we could about the various outer sights to be seen in this famous town.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (31% in)
  • I began to think it was high time to settle with myself at what terms I would be willing to engage for the voyage.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (38% in)
  • Soon the crew came on board in twos and threes; the riggers bestirred themselves; the mates were actively engaged; and several of the shore people were busy in bringing various last things on board.
    Chapters 19-21 — The Prophet; All Astir; Going Aboard (99% in)
  • ...of the licensed pilots of the port—he being suspected to have got himself made a pilot in order to save the Nantucket pilot-fee to all the ships he was concerned in, for he never piloted any other craft—Bildad, I say, might now be seen actively engaged in looking over the bows for the approaching anchor, and at intervals singing what seemed a dismal stave of psalmody, to cheer the hands at the windlass, who roared forth some sort of a chorus about the girls in Booble Alley, with hearty...
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (13% in)
  • Doubtless one leading reason why the world declines honouring us whalemen, is this: they think that, at best, our vocation amounts to a butchering sort of business; and that when actively engaged therein, we are surrounded by all manner of defilements.
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (59% in)
  • A happy-go-lucky; neither craven nor valiant; taking perils as they came with an indifferent air; and while engaged in the most imminent crisis of the chase, toiling away, calm and collected as a journeyman joiner engaged for the year.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (49% in)
  • A happy-go-lucky; neither craven nor valiant; taking perils as they came with an indifferent air; and while engaged in the most imminent crisis of the chase, toiling away, calm and collected as a journeyman joiner engaged for the year.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (50% in)
  • Both ends of the line are exposed; the lower end terminating in an eye-splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged from everything.
    Chapters 58-60 — Brit; Squid; The Line (75% in)
  • The next day was exceedingly still and sultry, and with nothing special to engage them, the Pequod's crew could hardly resist the spell of sleep induced by such a vacant sea.
    Chapters 61-63 — Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (2% in)
  • Consider, now, how it must be in the case of four boats all engaging one unusually strong, active, and knowing whale; when owing to these qualities in him, as well as to the thousand concurring accidents of such an audacious enterprise, eight or ten loose second irons may be simultaneously dangling about him.
    Chapters 61-63 — Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (97% in)
  • More and more she leans over to the whale, while every gasping heave of the windlass is answered by a helping heave from the billows; till at last, a swift, startling snap is heard; with a great swash the ship rolls upwards and backwards from the whale, and the triumphant tackle rises into sight dragging after it the disengaged semicircular end of the first strip of blubber.
    Chapters 67-69 — Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (13% in)
  • While the two headsmen were engaged in making fast cords to his flukes, and in other ways getting the mass in readiness for towing, some conversation ensued between them.
    Chapters 73-75 — Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (13% in)
  • In most cases this lower jaw—being easily unhinged by a practised artist—is disengaged and hoisted on deck for the purpose of extracting the ivory teeth, and furnishing a supply of that hard white whalebone with which the fishermen fashion all sorts of curious articles, including canes, umbrella-stocks, and handles to riding-whips.
    Chapters 73-75 — Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (72% in)
  • But owing to his marked internal structure which gives him regular lungs, like a human being's, the whale can only live by inhaling the disengaged air in the open atmosphere.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (2% in)
  • Meanwhile, as we thus lay entranced, the occasional sudden frantic spectacles in the distance evinced the activity of the other boats, still engaged in drugging the whales on the frontier of the host; or possibly carrying on the war within the first circle, where abundance of room and some convenient retreats were afforded them.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (91% in)
  • While the Frenchman's boats, then, were engaged in towing the ship one way, Stubb benevolently towed away at his whale the other way, ostentatiously slacking out a most unusually long tow-line.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (41% in)
  • Often, in mild, pleasant weather, for twelve, fifteen, eighteen, and twenty hours on the stretch, they were engaged in the boats, steadily pulling, or sailing, or paddling after the whales, or for an interlude of sixty or seventy minutes calmly awaiting their uprising; though with but small success for their pains.
    Chapters 112-114 — The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (78% in)
  • At the base of the mainmast, full beneath the doubloon and the flame, the Parsee was kneeling in Ahab's front, but with his head bowed away from him; while near by, from the arched and overhanging rigging, where they had just been engaged securing a spar, a number of the seamen, arrested by the glare, now cohered together, and hung pendulous, like a knot of numbed wasps from a drooping, orchard twig.
    Chapters 118-120 — The Quadrant; The Candles; The Deck (67% in)
  • Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb—one engaged forward and the other aft—the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.
    Chapters 121-123 — Midnight, on the Forecastle; Midnight, Aloft; The Musket (44% in)
  • It seemed that somewhat late on the afternoon of the day previous, while three of the stranger's boats were engaged with a shoal of whales, which had led them some four or five miles from the ship; and while they were yet in swift chase to windward, the white hump and head of Moby Dick had suddenly loomed up out of the water, not very far to leeward; whereupon, the fourth rigged boat—a reserved one—had been instantly lowered in chase.
    Chapters 127-129 — The Deck; The Pequod meets the Rachel; The Cabin—Ahab and Pip (36% in)

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