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conscious
used in Moby Dick

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  • Like machines, they dumbly moved about the deck, ever conscious that the old man's despot eye was on them.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (7% in)
  • Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (11% in)
  • I knew not how this consciousness at last glided away from me; but waking in the morning, I shudderingly remembered it all, and for days and weeks and months afterwards I lost myself in confounding attempts to explain the mystery.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (19% in)
  • ...loud and incessant expostulations upon the unbecomingness of his hugging a fellow male in that matrimonial sort of style, I succeeded in extracting a grunt; and presently, he drew back his arm, shook himself all over like a Newfoundland dog just from the water, and sat up in bed, stiff as a pike-staff, looking at me, and rubbing his eyes as if he did not altogether remember how I came to be there, though a dim consciousness of knowing something about me seemed slowly dawning over him.
    Chapters 4-6 — The Counter-Pane; Breakfast; The Street (28% in)
  • But, perhaps, to be true philosophers, we mortals should not be conscious of so living or so striving.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (22% in)
  • But if, like Queequeg and me in the bed, the tip of your nose or the crown of your head be slightly chilled, why then, indeed, in the general consciousness you feel most delightfully and unmistakably warm.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (58% in)
  • Was there ever such unconsciousness?
    Chapters 13-15 — Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (45% in)
  • That Himmalehan, salt-sea Mastodon, clothed with such portentousness of unconscious power, that his very panics are more to be dreaded than his most fearless and malicious assaults!
    Chapters 13-15 — Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (59% in)
  • "I dost," said I unconsciously, he was so intense a Quaker.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (36% in)
  • Unconsciously clapping the vinegar-cruet to one side of her nose, she ruminated for an instant; then exclaimed—"No!
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (68% in)
  • This ignorant, unconscious fearlessness of his made him a little waggish in the matter of whales; he followed these fish for the fun of it; and a three years' voyage round Cape Horn was only a jolly joke that lasted that length of time.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (67% in)
  • Not a word he spoke; nor did his officers say aught to him; though by all their minutest gestures and expressions, they plainly showed the uneasy, if not painful, consciousness of being under a troubled master-eye.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (38% in)
  • Here have I been unconsciously toiling, not pleasuring—aye, and ignorantly smoking to windward all the while; to windward, and with such nervous whiffs, as if, like the dying whale, my final jets were the strongest and fullest of trouble.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (96% in)
  • Perhaps they were; or perhaps there might have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every...
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (60% in)
  • How it was that they so aboundingly responded to the old man's ire—by what evil magic their souls were possessed, that at times his hate seemed almost theirs; the White Whale as much their insufferable foe as his; how all this came to be—what the White Whale was to them, or how to their unconscious understandings, also, in some dim, unsuspected way, he might have seemed the gliding great demon of the seas of life,—all this to explain, would be to dive deeper than Ishmael can go.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (59% in)
  • And though, doubtless, some at least of the imaginative impressions about to be presented may have been shared by most men, yet few perhaps were entirely conscious of them at the time, and therefore may not be able to recall them now.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (84% in)
  • Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (14% in)
  • At any time it is a strange sight to the tyro to see with what wondrous habitude of unconscious skill the whaleman will maintain an erect posture in his boat, even when pitched about by the most riotously perverse and cross-running seas.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (66% in)
  • Now then, thought I, unconsciously rolling up the sleeves of my frock, here goes for a cool, collected dive at death and destruction, and the devil fetch the hindmost.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (24% in)
  • And often you will notice that being conscious of the eyes of the whole visible world resting on him from the sides of the two ships, this standing captain is all alive to the importance of sustaining his dignity by maintaining his legs.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (21% in)
  • No resolution could withstand it; in that dreamy mood losing all consciousness, at last my soul went out of my body; though my body still continued to sway as a pendulum will, long after the power which first moved it is withdrawn.
    Chapters 61-63 — Stubb Kills a Whale; The Dart; The Crotch (6% in)
  • But if you now come to separate these two objects, and surround each by a circle of profound darkness; then, in order to see one of them, in such a manner as to bring your mind to bear on it, the other will be utterly excluded from your contemporary consciousness.
    Chapters 73-75 — Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; The Sperm Whale's Head, The Right Whale's Head (59% in)
  • Looking over the side, they saw the before lifeless head throbbing and heaving just below the surface of the sea, as if that moment seized with some momentous idea; whereas it was only the poor Indian unconsciously revealing by those struggles the perilous depth to which he had sunk.
    Chapters 76-78 — The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (68% in)
  • Starting from a brief standing sleep, I was horribly conscious of something fatally wrong.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (82% in)
  • The jaw-bone tiller smote my side, which leaned against it; in my ears was the low hum of sails, just beginning to shake in the wind; I thought my eyes were open; I was half conscious of putting my fingers to the lids and mechanically stretching them still further apart.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (83% in)
  • Unconsciously my chirography expands into placard capitals.
    Chapters 103-105 — Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (31% in)
  • Then unconsciously using the musket for a staff, with an iron brow he paced to and fro in the little cabin; but presently the thick plaits of his forehead relaxed, and returning the gun to the rack, he went to the deck.
    Chapters 109-111 — Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (21% in)
  • But few thoughts of Pan stirred Ahab's brain, as standing like an iron statue at his accustomed place beside the mizen rigging, with one nostril he unthinkingly snuffed the sugary musk from the Bashee isles (in whose sweet woods mild lovers must be walking), and with the other consciously inhaled the salt breath of the new found sea; that sea in which the hated White Whale must even then be swimming.
    Chapters 109-111 — Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (98% in)
  • There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at the last one pause:—through infancy's unconscious spell, boyhood's thoughtless faith, adolescence' doubt (the common doom), then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood's pondering repose of If.
    Chapters 112-114 — The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (93% in)

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