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  • "We've been chasing her like Captain Ahab and the Great White Whale for the last year-and-a-half," he said.

    Chris Wallace 'Hopes' Sarah Palin Sits On His Lap Sunday (VIDEO)

  • The Chair of the Judiciary Committee plays the part of Captain Ahab.

    Karl Rove and Captain Ahab-Conyers

  • Although, like Captain Ahab in MOBY DICK, they all want to "strike through the pasteboard mask of reality" and make the Wilderness a better, tamed place for themselves.

    Archive 2009-02-15

  • In his adopted role as Captain Ahab, Mr. Bush will extend the tours of four combat brigades and add another to the Iraqi meat-grinder, all in the name of pacifying the capital city where, even today, F-18 aircraft are bombing neighborhoods to rout out insurgents.

    Gary Hart: A Surge of Constitutionalism

  • We agreed we were both tired, so we went to our respective beds, and the house was dark — there was a storm on, out there in the waters of Captain Ahab — and I felt almost stranded on this spit of land that lies along the beckoning finger of Cape Cod.

    The Lion in Winter: Five Snapshots

  • HEALY: It got President Nixon to back off the sort of Captain Ahab mode in Vietnam and it may be the only way to get this president to start to change course.

    CNN Transcript Jan 10, 2007

  • This circumstance, coupled with his ambiguous, half-hinting, half-revealing, shrouded sort of talk, now begat in me all kinds of vague wonderments and half-apprehensions, and all connected with the Pequod; and Captain Ahab; and the leg he had lost; and the Cape Horn fit; and the silver calabash; and what

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • This latter circumstance, with its own particular accompaniments, forming what may be called the secret part of the tragedy about to be narrated, never reached the ears of Captain Ahab or his mates.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • He's a queer man, Captain Ahab -- so some think -- but a good one.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • "Because I am scorched all over, Captain Ahab," answered Perth, resting for a moment on his hammer; "I am past scorching -, not easily can'st thou scorch a scar."

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

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