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of that strange imaginative impiousness which naturally invested it; that the full terror of the voyage must be kept withdrawn into the obscure background (for few men's courage is proof against protracted meditation unrelieved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.
The Major saw what Benjamin's slower perception had not yet discovered--that my fortitude was beginning to sink under the unrelieved
oppression of suspense.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
I had all my money about me (having never let it out of my own possession during my stay in the red-brick house), and there was plenty of it for the present; so I thought it best to leave the alarm and distress of my anxious relatives unrelieved
for a little while longer, and to return quietly to the perusal of the
Cheerless and comfortless, boastfully and doggedly rich, there the room stared at its present occupants, unsoftened and unrelieved
by the least trace of any womanly occupation.