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of that strange imaginative impiousness which naturally invested it; that the full terror of the voyage must be kept withdrawn into the obscure background (for few men's courage is proof against protracted meditation unrelieved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.
To me this vast ivory-ribbed chest, with the long, unrelieved
spine, extending far away from it in a straight line, not a little resembled the hull of a great ship new-laid upon the stocks, when only some twenty of her naked bow-ribs are inserted, and the keel is otherwise, for the time, but a long, disconnected timber.
solitude, the unbroken silence, helped their influence on her mind and opened it to those very impressions of past and present which she was most anxious to shun.
I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved
by any of that half-pleasureable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible.
Regarded apart from its reflection, the mirror presents a continuous, flat, colourless, unrelieved
surface, - a thing always and obviously unpleasant.
There was not a tree within sight; there was not, at this season, a green pasture--nothing but fallow and turnips everywhere; in large fields divided by hedges plashed to unrelieved
Smallweed while away the rosy hours, two unrelieved
sentinels forgotten as aforesaid by the Black Serjeant.
I found the rear of the building in darkness unrelieved
from within; on the other hand, the climbing moon beat so full upon the garden wall, it was as though a lantern pinned me as I crept beneath it.
So stripped, there remains a lake six miles wide and neutral in color; with steep green banks, unrelieved
by shrubbery; at one end bare, unsightly rocks, with (almost invisible) holes in them of no consequence to the picture; eastward, "wild and desolate mountains;" (low, desolate hills, he should have said;) in the north, a mountain called Hermon, with snow on it; peculiarity of the picture, "calmness;" its prominent feature, one tree.
but he could not expect that he should sit in that square pew alone, unrelieved
by any Tuckers, who had apparently departed from Lowick altogether, for a new clergyman was in the desk.
A quarter of a mile intervened between the forest and the city wall--a quarter of a mile of cultivated land unrelieved
by a single tree.
But now the obscurity was appalling and unrelieved