Moby-Dick: Lee


  1. when your standing next to something to block the wind or weather, that spot is the lee

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

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 4 > Sentence 3:

Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder warehouses will not suffice.

Chapter 8 > Paragraph 5 > Sentence 2:

Between the marble cenotaphs on either hand of the pulpit, the wall which formed its back was adorned with a large painting representing a gallant ship beating against a terrible storm off a lee coast of black rocks and snowy breakers.

Chapter 23 > Paragraph 4 > Sentence 1:

But as in landlessness alone resides highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God—so better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety!

Chapter 34 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 1:

It is noon; and Dough-Boy, the steward, thrusting his pale loaf-of-bread face from the cabin-scuttle, announces dinner to his lord and master who, sitting in the lee quarter-boat, has just been taking an observation of the sun; and is now mutely reckoning the latitude on the smooth, medallion-shaped tablet, reserved for that daily purpose on the upper part of his ivory leg.

Chapter 48 > Paragraph 6 > Sentence 1:

Hardly had they pulled out from under the ship's lee, when a fourth keel, coming from the windward side, pulled round under the stern, and showed the five strangers rowing Ahab, who, standing erect in the stern, loudly hailed Starbuck, Stubb, and Flask, to spread themselves widely, so as to cover a large expanse of water.

Chapter 48 > Paragraph 42 > Sentence 4:

Our sail was now set, and, with the still rising wind, we rushed along; the boat going with such madness through the water, that the lee oars could scarcely be worked rapidly enough to escape being torn from the row-locks.

Chapter 54 > Paragraph 8 > Sentence 5:

So when they were working that evening at the pumps, there was on this head no small gamesomeness slily going on among them, as they stood with their feet continually overflowed by the rippling clear water; clear as any mountain spring, gentlemen—that bubbling from the pumps ran across the deck, and poured itself out in steady spouts at the lee scupper-holes.

Chapter 54 > Paragraph 26 > Sentence 2:

There's your true Ashantee, gentlemen; there howl your pagans; where you ever find them, next door to you; under the long-flung shadow, and the snug patronizing lee of churches.

Chapter 61 > Paragraph 4 > Sentence 2:

And lo! close under our lee, not forty fathoms off, a gigantic Sperm Whale lay rolling in the water like the capsized hull of a frigate, his broad, glossy back, of an Ethiopian hue, glistening in the sun's rays like a mirror.

Chapter 66 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 3:

Therefore, the common usage is to take in all sail; lash the helm a'lee; and then send every one below to his hammock till daylight, with the reservation that, until that time, anchor-watches shall be kept; that is, two and two for an hour, each couple, the crew in rotation shall mount the deck to see that all goes well.

Chapter 68 > Paragraph 6 > Sentence 7:

True, other fish are found exceedingly brisk in those Hyperborean waters; but these, be it observed, are your cold-blooded, lungless fish, whose very bellies are refrigerators; creatures, that warm themselves under the lee of an iceberg, as a traveller in winter would bask before an inn fire; whereas, like man, the whale has lungs and warm blood.

Chapter 71 > Paragraph 4 > Sentence 2:

Squaring her yards, she bore down, ranged abeam under the Pequod's lee, and lowered a boat; it soon drew nigh; but, as the side-ladder was being rigged by Starbuck's order to accommodate the visiting captain, the stranger in question waved his hand from his boat's stern in token of that proceeding being entirely unnecessary.

Chapter 95 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 1:

Had you stepped on board the Pequod at a certain juncture of this post-mortemizing of the whale; and had you strolled forward nigh the windlass, pretty sure am I that you would have scanned with no small curiosity a very strange, enigmatical object, which you would have seen there, lying along lengthwise in the lee scuppers.

Chapter 96 > Paragraph 10 > Sentence 12:

How glad and how grateful the relief from this unnatural hallucination of the night, and the fatal contingency of being brought by the lee!

Chapter 120 > Paragraph 2 > Sentence 2:

The band is working loose and the lee lift is half-stranded.

Chapter 125 > Paragraph 4 > Sentence 1:

They went towards the extreme stern, on the ship's lee side, where the deck, with the oblique energy of the wind, was now almost dipping into the creamy, sidelong-rushing sea.

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