Queequeg believed strongly in anointing his boat, and one morning not long after the German ship Jungfrau disappeared, took more than customary pains in that occupation; crawling under its bottom, where it hung over the side, and rubbing in the unctuousness as though diligently seeking to insure
a crop of hair from the craft's bald keel.
I gave him a sufficient dose of veronal to insure
his unconsciousness for several hours.
Then the service began--rightly-considered, the most terrible, surely, of all mortal ceremonies--the service which binds two human beings, who know next to nothing of each other's natures, to risk the tremendous experiment of living together till death parts them--the service which says, in effect if not in words, Take your leap in the dark: we sanctify, but we don't insure
A dollar or two should be added to the price usually paid for Janie's shoes, which would insure
their lasting an appreciable time longer than they usually did.
steady motion, one tourist and one native walked together.
The relative situation of these States; the number of rivers with which they are intersected, and of bays that wash there shores; the facility of communication in every direction; the affinity of language and manners; the familiar habits of intercourse; -- all these are circumstances that would conspire to render an illicit trade between them a matter of little difficulty, and would insure
frequent evasions of the commercial regulations of each other.
These officers said they would take it upon themselves to insure
us a cordial reception.