The battle was now entirely terminated with the exception of the protracted
struggle between "Le Renard Subtil" and "Le Gros Serpent.
Not only that, but the subtle insanity of Ahab respecting Moby Dick was noways more significantly manifested than in his superlative sense and shrewdness in foreseeing that, for the present, the hunt should in some way be stripped of that strange imaginative impiousness which naturally invested it; that the full terror of the voyage must be kept withdrawn into the obscure background (for few men's courage is proof against protracted
meditation unrelieved by action); that when they stood their long night watches, his officers and men must have some nearer things to think of than Moby Dick.
Nor does it unfrequently occur, that Nantucket captains will send a son of such tender age away from them, for a protracted
three or four years' voyage in some other ship than their own; so that their first knowledge of a whaleman's career shall be unenervated by any chance display of a father's natural but untimely partiality, or undue apprehensiveness and concern.
The prayer-meeting at Uncle Tom's had, in the order of hymn-singing, been protracted
to a very late hour; and, as Uncle Tom had indulged himself in a few lengthy solos afterwards, the consequence was, that, although it was now between twelve and one o'clock, he and his worthy helpmeet were not yet asleep.
The laws is that the battle must continue fifteen minutes if the men can hold out; and as the pauses do not count, this duel was protracted
to twenty or thirty minutes, I judged.
Knightley, who had nothing of ceremony about him, was offering by his short, decided answers, an amusing contrast to the protracted
apologies and civil hesitations of the other.
Business now began, the day's Collect was repeated, then certain texts of Scripture were said, and to these succeeded a protracted
reading of chapters in the Bible, which lasted an hour.
He cunningly conjectured they were staying away in order to avoid hearing his protracted
Cruncher's conclusion after a protracted
but vain endeavour to find a better one.
I am too well aware that when, in the inscrutable decrees of Fate, you were reserved for me, it is possible you may have been reserved for one, destined, after a protracted
struggle, at length to fall a victim to pecuniary involvements of a complicated nature.
He therefore journeyed at a great rate, and made short halts, and shorter repasts, so that he passed by Cedric and Athelstane who had several hours the start of him, but who had been delayed by their protracted
feasting at the convent of Saint Withold's.
After a protracted
journey by land and sea the princess, still under the name and disguise of Prince Camaralzaman, arrived at the capital of the Ebony Island whose king was named Armanos.