Category Archives: first sentences of Moby Dick

first sentence of chapter 68. The Blanket.

I have given no small attention to that not unvexed subject, the skin of the whale.

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first sentence of CHAPTER 69. The Funeral.

Haul in the chains!

first sentence of chapter 70. the sphynx.

It should not have been omitted that previous to completely stripping the body of the leviathan, he was beheaded.

first sentence of CHAPTER 71. The Jeroboam’s Story.

Hand in hand, ship and breeze blew on; but the breeze came faster than the ship, and soon the Pequod began to rock.

 

 

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first sentence of chapter 72. The Monkey-Rope.

In the tumultuous business of cutting-in and attending to a whale, there is much running backwards and forwards among the crew.

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first sentence of CHAPTER 74. The Sperm Whale’s Head—Contrasted View.

Here, now, are two great whales, laying their heads together; let us join them, and lay together our own.

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First sentence of chapter 76. The Battering-Ram.

Ere quitting, for the nonce, the Sperm Whale’s head, I would have you, as a sensible physiologist, simply—particularly remark its front aspect, in all its compacted collectedness.

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First sentence of chapter 77. The Great Heidelburgh Tun.

Now comes the Baling of the Case. But to comprehend it aright, you must know something of the curious internal structure of the thing operated upon.

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first sentence of chapter 78. Cistern and buckets.

Nimble as a cat, Tashtego mounts aloft; and without altering his erect posture, runs straight out upon the overhanging mainyard-arm, to the part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun.

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