Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 27

Chapter 27 another chapter titled Knights and Squires  Stubb’s tobacco smoke might have operated as a sort of disinfecting agent.  Ishmael introduces the second mate Stubb, and third mate Flask and their harpooners. We learn that Queequeg is Starbuck’s harpooner. It is noted that the large majority of men employed in the whaling industry, excepting […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 26

Chapter 26 Knights and Squires which consists of Ishmael’s description of the temperament of chief mate Starbuck. A found poem: his wife is afraid of thunder, wasted stars, divine equality she cannot withstand bottomless latitudes, welded words, his bent soul  

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 25

Chapter 25 Postscript  Ishmael offers one more “substantiated fact” in his advocacy of the dignity of whaling. He argues that whaling  is dignified and regal because the king’s head is oiled with sperm oil at his coronation. I miss Queequeg.

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 24

Chapter 24 The Advocate  Ah, the world! Oh, the world!…for already she is on the threshold. Ishmael takes on the persona of a lawyer defending the business of whaling as peaceful and profitable and goes so far as to claim that it has liberated South America from Spain and spread democracy and enlightenment.

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 23

Chapter 23 The Lee Shore  all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea Such poetic language in this chapter. It’s my favorite so far. This “six-inch chapter is the stoneless grave of Bulkington,” the mariner we briefly met at the inn in New […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 22

Chapter 22 Merry Christmas  Don’t keep that cheese too long down in the hold…  Ishmael and Queequeg set sail on the Pequod. They aren’t quite certain that Captain Ahab is aboard. They ship out on Christmas Day as indicated in the title, but this isn’t otherwise remarked on which seems strange.

Day 19 Reading Moby-Dick

We had bound ourselves to sail; and a hundred other shadowy things. Chapter 19 The Prophet Ishmael and Queequeg are approached by the prophet Elijah who implies that by signing on with the Pequod they have sold their souls.