Moby-Dick: Genteel


  1. high-class
  2. well-bred
  3. free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior

The word genteel 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.

Concordance for the word genteel from Moby-Dick.

Herman Melville
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