Monthly Archives: February 2013

First sentence of chapter 77. The Great Heidelburgh Tun.

Now comes the Baling of the Case. But to comprehend it aright, you must know something of the curious internal structure of the thing operated upon.

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first sentence of chapter 78. Cistern and buckets.

Nimble as a cat, Tashtego mounts aloft; and without altering his erect posture, runs straight out upon the overhanging mainyard-arm, to the part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun.

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first sentence of chapter 79. The Prairie.

To scan the lines of his face, or feel the bumps on the head of this Leviathan; this is a thing which no Physiognomist or Phrenologist has as yet undertaken.

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first sentence of chapter 80. The Nut.

If the Sperm Whale be physiognomically a Sphinx, to the phrenologist his brain seems that geometrical circle which it is impossible to square.

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Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World


On the American Experience: a beautiful history of the American whaling industry.


first sentence of Chapter 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin.

The predestinated day arrived, and we duly met the ship Jungfrau, Derick De Deer, master, of Bremen.

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He fled to the port of Joppa, … where he felt himself safe


The man + whale, or man v. whale, story prototype, referenced directly in chapter 83 of Moby Dick..

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first sentence of chapter 83. Jonah Historically Regarded.

Reference was made to the historical story of Jonah and the whale in the preceding chapter.

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first sentence of chapter 84: Pitchpoling

To make them run easily and swiftly, the axles of carriages are anointed; and for much the same purpose, some whalers perform an analogous operation upon their boat; they grease the bottom.

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