now blandly bowing toward Harry.

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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)

Q:What does “” mean? Does it mean greeting, salut or only bow his head towards to him?

Word bland has different meanings.

...But Captain Riga was a bachelor of expensive habits, and had run up large wine bills at the City Hotel. He could not afford to be munificent. Peace to his dinners.
"Mr. Bolton, I believe," said the captain, now blandly bowing toward Harry. "Mr. Bolton, you also shipped for three dollars per month: and you had one month's advance in Liverpool
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