Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 48

I am back after a short hiatus. I’m starting to think that reading Moby-Dick IS my Moby Dick.

Chapter 48 The First Lowering 

…pulling into the charmed, churned circle of the hunted… 

The phantoms surrounding Ahab are explained away as  stowaways that have been hiding below board. Ishmael recalls Elijah’s warning. The crew pursues a school of sperm whales. Queequeg grazes a whale, but the whale escapes. A boat is lost, but the men are rescued.


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