Penetrating further and further into the heart of the Japanese cruising ground, the Pequod was soon all astir
in the fishery.
The coming in here from the bedroom, with my pen and ink and paper, before sunrise--the sitting down at the widely- opened window to get all the air I could to cool me--the ceaseless writing, faster and faster, hotter and hotter, driving on more and more wakefully, all through the dreadful interval before the house was astir
again--how clearly I recall it, from the beginning by candle-light, to the end on the page before this, in the sunshine of the new day!
THE new day dawned; the sun rose; the household was astir
Read by the light of the pocket-lantern which he carried with him, the letter first congratulated this person on the complete success of his disguise--and then promised that the writer would be ready at her bedroom window for flight the next morning, before the house was astir
. The signature was "Natalie," and the person addressed was "Dearest Launce."
I won't speak of those deep currents which are astir
in the still ocean of the people, and which are evident to every unprejudiced man; let us look at society in the narrow sense.
There was a moment during which I listened, reminded of the faint sense I had had, the first night, of there being something undefinably astir
in the house, and noted the soft breath of the open casement just move the half-drawn blind.
From earliest dawn the house is astir
as its inmates rise, walk about, and stamp their feet.
The troops of the center, the reserves, and Bagration's right flank had not yet moved, but on the left flank the columns of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, which were to be the first to descend the heights to attack the French right flank and drive it into the Bohemian mountains according to plan, were already up and astir
. The smoke of the campfires, into which they were throwing everything superfluous, made the eyes smart.
Wilson, who was acting as cook, was up and astir
at his duties in the cook-house.
Already the morning was astir
. The seagulls were wheeling, white-winged and noiseless, above their heads; the air was fragrant with the scent of cottage flowers.
The few foot passengers astir
in that quarter hurried dismally and silently along with coat collars turned high and pocketed hands.
The next morning the servants were late astir
in the Sheriff's house.