Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb. The Whiteness of The Whale. Ahab's Boat and Crew. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
Stubb Kills a Whale. The Whale as a Dish. The Sperm Whale's Head? The Right Whale's Head? The Great Heidelburgh Tun. The Pequod Meets The Virgin. The Honour and Glory of Whaling. A Squeeze of the Hand.
Stowing Down and Clearing Up. A Bower in the Arsacides. Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton. Does the Whale's Magnitude Diminish?? Ahab and the Carpenter. Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin. Queequeg in His Coffin. The Pequod Meets The Bachelor. The Log and Line.
The Pequod Meets The Rachel.
The Pequod Meets The Delight. The proofreaders of this version are indebted to The University of Adelaide Library for preserving the Virginia Tech version. The resulting etext was compared with a public domain hard copy version of the text. In chapters 24, 89, and 90, we substituted a capital L for the symbol for the British pound, a unit of currency. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world.
He loved to dust his old grammars; it somehow mildly reminded him of his mortality.
This animal is named from or rolling; for in Dan. HVALT is arched or vaulted.
It is more immediately from the Dut. It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane.
Therefore you must not, in every case at least, take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology. As touching the ancient authors generally, as well as the poets here appearing, these extracts are solely valuable or entertaining, as affording a glancing bird's eye view of what has been promiscuously said, thought, fancied, and sung of Leviathan, by many nations and generations, including our own.
So fare thee well, poor devil of a Sub-Sub, whose commentator I am. Thou belongest to that hopeless, sallow tribe which no wine of this world will ever warm; and for whom even Pale Sherry would be too rosy-strong; but with whom one sometimes loves to sit, and feel poor-devilish, too; and grow convivial upon tears; and say to them bluntly, with full eyes and empty glasses, and in not altogether unpleasant sadness?
Give it up, Sub-Subs! For by how much the more pains ye take to please the world, by so much the more shall ye for ever go thankless! Would that I could clear out Hampton Court and the Tuileries for ye! But gulp down your tears and hie aloft to the royal-mast with your hearts; for your friends who have gone before are clearing out the seven-storied heavens, and making refugees of long-pampered Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael, against your coming.
Here ye strike but splintered hearts together? Among the former, one was of a most monstrous size This came towards us, open-mouthed, raising the waves on all sides, and beating the sea before him into a foam.
The best whales were catched in his own country, of which some were forty-eight, some fifty yards long.
He said that he was one of six who had killed sixty in two days. Old Nick take me if is not Leviathan described by the noble prophet Moses in Spicy Pencer Gets Friend Naked Touches Powerfully His Body life of patient Job. They grow exceeding fat, insomuch that an incredible quantity of oil will be extracted out of one whale. Some say the whale can't open his mouth, but that is a fable They frequently climb up the masts to see whether they can see a whale, for the first discoverer has a ducat for his pains I was told of a whale taken near Shetland, that had above a barrel of herrings in his belly One of our harpooneers told me that he caught once a whale in Spitzbergen that was white all over.
The jaws of it stand for a gate in the garden of Pitferren. The whale is doubtless the largest animal in creation. They seemed to endeavor to conceal themselves behind the whale, in order to avoid being seen by us. They stand in so great dread of some of them, that when out at Spicy Pencer Gets Friend Naked Touches Powerfully His Body they are afraid to mention even their names, and carry dung, lime-stone, juniper-wood, and some other articles of the same nature in their boats, in order to terrify and prevent their too near approach.
And these, when either thrown ashore or caught near the coast, are the property of the king. He's a raal oil-butt, that fellow!
Chace, what is the matter? It is a matter of great astonishment that the consideration of the habits of so interesting, and, in a commercial point of view, so important an animal as the Sperm Whale should have been so entirely neglected, or should have excited so little curiosity among the numerous, and many of them competent observers, that of late years, must have possessed the most abundant and the most convenient opportunities of witnessing their habitudes.
Being once pursued by a whale which he had wounded, he parried the assault for some time with a lance; but the furious monster at length rushed on the boat; himself and comrades only being preserved by leaping into the water when they saw the onset was inevitable. Webster, "is a very striking and peculiar portion of the National interest. There is a population of eight or nine thousand persons living here in the sea, adding largely every year to the National wealth by the boldest and most persevering industry.
The vessel under short sail, with look-outs at the mast-heads, eagerly scanning the wide expanse around them, has a totally different air from those engaged in regular voyage.
It was the while. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off?
This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws Spicy Pencer Gets Friend Naked Touches Powerfully His Body upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs? Right and left, the streets take you waterward.
Its extreme downtown is the battery, where that noble mole is washed by waves, and cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of land. Look at the crowds of water-gazers there.
Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath Spicy Pencer Gets Friend Naked Touches Powerfully His Body. What do you see?? Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries. Some leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep.
But these are all landsmen; of week days pent up in lath and plaster? How then is this? Are the green fields gone? What do they here? Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder warehouses will not suffice. They must get just as nigh the water as they possibly can without falling in. And there they stand? Inlanders all, they come from lanes and alleys, streets and avenues?
Yet here they all unite. Tell me, does the magnetic virtue of the needles of the compasses of all those ships attract them thither? Say you are in the country; in some high land of lakes. Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream.
There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries?