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Moby-Dick: Delusion

Delusion

  1. a false belief or opinion

The word delusion appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 13 > Sentence 1:

Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces—though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgments.

Chapter 80 > Paragraph 3 > Sentence 1:

It is plain, then, that phrenologically the head of this Leviathan, in the creature's living intact state, is an entire delusion.

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Herman Melville
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