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The red light was gone, the shudder was gone, and his gaze, which had come back to the boat for a moment, travelled away again.
Always watching his face, the girl instantly answered to the action in her sculling; presently the boat swung round, quivered as from a sudden jerk, and the upper half of the man was stretched out over the stern.
In obedience to a sign from Ahab, Starbuck was now pulling obliquely across Stubb's bow; and when for a minute or so the two boats were pretty near to each other, Stubb hailed the mate.
Aye, aye, I thought as much, soliloquized Stubb, when the boats diverged, as soon as I clapt eye on 'em, I thought so.
By and by, through the glass the stranger's boats and manned mast-heads proved her a whale-ship.
Hunt was perceived by those in the other boats, and they hastened to his assistance.
I did not stop to see what had become of the small boat, but sprang to the jib-sheet.
"Why, our boat's gone off!" they replied in an indignant tone.
As for himself, he was not sure that enough strength remained in his wasted muscles to launch the boat. It was all a gamble.
As it is, we'll only be able to catch one boat, for while we are tackling that one it will be up nets and away with the rest."
They had not been long put off with the boat, when we perceived them all coming on shore again; but with this new measure in their conduct, which it seems they consulted together upon, viz.
He dipped his hand in the water over the boat's gunwale, and said, smiling with that softened air upon him which was not new to me:
Nothing, in all probability, but the proximity of the American trading post, kept these land pirates from making a good prize of the bull boat and all its contents.
My boat's crew, leaning over the looms of their oars, stared and listened as if at the play.
Dorothy got in, Toto in her arms, and sat on the bottom of the boat just in front of the mast.