By the spell of contrast, another portrait rose up before her, painted with more daring flattery than any artist would have ventured
upon, but yet so delicately touched that the likeness remained perfect.
As was usually the case wherever Hester stood, a small vacant area -- a sort of magic circle -- had formed itself about her, into which, though the people were elbowing one another at a little distance, none ventured
or felt disposed to intrude.
It was in fact the very appropriate truth that she had ventured
to criticize the propriety, to hint at the incongruity, of so close an alliance, and even to go so far on the subject as a frank overture to Miss Jessel.
So Ahab's proceedings in this matter were not unusual; the only strange thing about them seemed to be, that Starbuck, almost the one only man who had ever ventured
to oppose him with anything in the slightest degree approaching to decision --one of those too, whose faithfulness on the look-out he had seemed to doubt somewhat; --it was strange, that this was the very man he should select for his watchman;
I had often wondered how it was that Sir Oliver had such a very short tail; it really was only six or seven inches long, with a tassel of hair hanging from it; and on one of our holidays in the orchard I ventured
to ask him by what accident it was that he had lost his tail.
Having the advantage of her in altitude, the driver had stood his ground and even ventured
to attempt to speak; and the result had been a furious altercation, which, continuing all the way down Ashland Avenue, had added a new swarm of urchins to the cortege at each side street for half a mile.