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  • 1818Mary Shelley. Frankenstein.
    I first became acquainted with him on board a whale vessel; finding that he was unemployed in this city, I easily engaged him to assist in my enterprise.


  • 1939, Esquire:
    There was no comparison in their morale. The end was inevitable. The other toppled and Pygie stood above him. whaling him virtuously while he squawked insults. At long last his enemy managed to toboggan away on his breast feathers, ...
  • 1944, Erskine Caldwell, Stories by Erskine Caldwell: Twenty-four Representative Stories, Selected and Introduced with a Critical Foreword by Henry Seidel Canby:
    "Today, I felt like picking up a stick and whaling him for all he was worth" Davi raised himself on both elbows and stared through the darkness of the room. Jeanie lay silently beside him.
  • 2005, Lynn Michaels, Honeymoon Suite (Ballantine Books, →ISBN), page 303:
    Dory made it to her feet clutching Chuck E., jumped on the man in the ski mask pulled over his face and started whaling him with her stuffed mouse. He jabbed her with an elbow, caught her in the cheek ...