All this struck me as mighty singular; yet, upon second thoughts, there was something almost
sublime in it.
noble and generous in spirit
But what is worship? thought I. Do you suppose now, Ishmael, that the
magnanimous God of heaven and earth -- pagans and all included -- can possibly be jealous of an insignificant bit of black wood?
an informal conversation
We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our
confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.
suitable to your needs
Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more
congenial to our clayey part.
corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
There was excellent blood in his veins -- royal stuff; though sadly
vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he nourished in his untutored youth.
a state of dishonor
But like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained no seeming
ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of enlightening his untutored countrymen.
marked by precise accordance with details
Now a certain grand merchant ship once touched at Rokovoko, and its commander -- from all accounts, a very stately
punctilious gentleman, at least for a sea captain -- this commander was invited to the wedding feast of Queequeg's sister, a pretty young princess just turned of ten.
the food served and eaten at one time
Upon making known our desires for a supper and a bed, Mrs. Hussey, postponing further scolding for the present, ushered us into a little room, and seating us at a table spread with the relics of a recently concluded
repast, turned round to us and said -- 'Clam or Cod?'
be in contradiction with
However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to
belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
listen; used mostly in the imperative
Oh, sweet friends!
hearken to me.
cause to appear foolish
stultifying saying about chowder-headed people?
the ability to understand and discriminate between relations
I had not a little relied on Queequeg's
sagacity to point out the whaler best fitted to carry us and our fortunes securely.
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
But as all my
remonstrances produced no effect upon Queequeg, I was obliged to acquiesce; and accordingly prepared to set about this business with a determined rushing sort of energy and vigor, that should quickly settle that trifling little affair.
originating outside the body
Now, Bildad, like Peleg, and indeed many other Nantucketers, was a Quaker, the island having been originally settled by that sect; and to this day its inhabitants in general retain in an uncommon measure the peculiarities of the Quaker, only variously and anomalously modified by things altogether alien and
marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed
For some of these same Quakers are the most
sanguinary of all sailors and whale-hunters.
without limits in extent or size or quantity
Though refusing, from conscientious scruples, to bear arms against land invaders, yet himself had
illimitably invaded the Atlantic and Pacific; and though a sworn foe to human bloodshed, yet had he in his straight-bodied coat, spilled tuns upon tuns of leviathan gore.
impervious to correction by punishment
Now Bildad, I am sorry to say, had the reputation of being an
incorrigible old hunks, and in his sea-going days, a bitter, hard task-master.
not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity
He never used to swear, though, at his men, they said; but somehow he got an inordinate quantity of cruel,
unmitigated hard work out of them.
inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
Indolence and idleness perished from before him.
more than is needed, desired, or required
On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no
superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap to it, like the worn nap of his broad- brimmed hat.
a rate that is rapid
As he thundered out this he made a rush at Bildad, but with a marvellous oblique, sliding
celerity, Bildad for that time eluded him.
the act or means of going out
Alarmed at this terrible outburst between the two principal and responsible owners of the ship, and feeling half a mind to give up all idea of sailing in a vessel so questionably owned and temporarily commanded, I stepped aside from the door to give
egress to Bildad, who, I made no doubt, was all eagerness to vanish from before the awakened wrath of Peleg.
a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain
apoplexy!' -- and with these cries, she ran towards the kitchen, I following.
reflect deeply on a subject
Unconsciously clapping the vinegar-cruetto one side of her nose, she
ruminated for an instant; then exclaimed -- 'No!'
flattery intended to persuade
There he sat; and all he could do -- for all my polite arts and
blandishments -- he would not move a peg, nor say a single word, nor even look at me, nor notice my presence in any the slightest way.
acutely insightful and wise
I told him, too, that he being in other things such an extremely sensible and
sagacious savage, it pained me, very badly pained me, to see him now so deplorably foolish about this ridiculous Ramadan of his.
a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
'Do tell, now,' cried Bildad, 'is this
Philistine a regular member of Deacon Deuteronomy's meeting?
expressing contempt or ridicule
'All right again before long!' laughed the stranger, with a solemnly
derisive sort of laugh.
defying expression or description
Morning to ye, shipmates, morning; the
ineffable heavens bless ye; I'm sorry I stopped ye.'
But I beat the thing down; and again marking the sleeper,
jocularly hinted to Queequeg that perhaps we had best sit up with the body; telling him to establish himself accordingly.