To say the truth, he has something of more importance than a watch to attend to
-- and what that is, I shall presently explain.
It was quite late in the evening when the little Moss came snugly to anchor, and Queequeg and I went ashore; so we could attend to
no business that day, at least none but a supper and a bed.
He took an interest in everything that was going forward, but was particularly frequent in his visits to the blacksmith's shop; tasking the labors of the artificer in iron for every state, insomuch that the necessary business of the factory was often postponed to attend to
rejoined Anna Pavlovna in order to say something and get away to attend to
her duties as hostess.
Judging from appearances, his idea of a wife is a thing to love one devotedly, and to stay at home to wait upon her husband, and amuse him and minister to his comfort in every possible way, while he chooses to stay with her; and, when he is absent, to attend to
his interests, domestic or otherwise, and patiently wait his return, no matter how he may be occupied in the meantime.