The barometer is useless: it is as misleading as the newspaper forecast.
I tapped the barometer, and it jumped up and pointed to "very dry." The Boots stopped as he was passing, and said he expected it meant to-morrow.
In about ten minutes after starting, the barometer
indicated an altitude of 15,000 feet.
"The barometer is tumbling down like anything, Harry.
The word "barometer" seemed to revive the second engineer's mad animosity.
Barometer still falling." He paused, and thought to himself, "Perhaps nothing whatever'll come of it." And then he closed resolutely his entries: "Every appearance of a typhoon coming on."
The lamp wriggled in the gimbals, the loosened books toppled from side to side on the shelf, the long barometer swung in jerky circles, the table altered its slant every moment.
He lost himself amongst advancing semi-circles, left- and right-hand quadrants, the curves of the tracks, the probable bearing of the centre, the shifts of wind and the readings of barometer. He tried to bring all these things into a definite relation to himself, and ended by becoming contemptuously angry with such a lot of words, and with so much advice, all head-work and supposition, without a glimmer of certitude.
"Twenty-nine flat," Captain Lynch reported, coming out from another look at the barometer, a chair in his hand.
Then he remembered the barometer and ran back to the house.
He put on a coat of pilot cloth, unhooked the barometer, and stowed it away in a capacious pocket.
Never could Starbuck forget the old man's aspect, when one night going down into the cabin to mark how the barometer
stood, he saw him with closed eyes sitting straight in his floor-screwed chair; the rain and half-melted sleet of the storm from which he had some time before emerged, still slowly dripping from the unremoved hat and coat.
Those who have been accustomed to contemplate the circumstances which produce and constitute national wealth, must be satisfied that there is no common standard or barometer
by which the degrees of it can be ascertained.
Some are known to you, such as the thermometer, which gives the internal temperature of the Nautilus; the barometer
, which indicates the weight of the air and foretells the changes of the weather; the hygrometer, which marks the dryness of the atmosphere; the storm-glass, the contents of which, by decomposing, announce the approach of tempests; the compass, which guides my course; the sextant, which shows the latitude by the altitude of the sun; chronometers, by which I calculate the longitude; and glasses for day and night, which I use to examine the points of the horizon, when the Nautilus rises to the surface of the waves."
A hurried tramping sounded on the deck; the captain, summoned from below, joined the first officer, who stood looking at the barometer
. "Good God!" I heard him exclaim.