first sentences of chapters 45 to 58: a poem

The Town-Ho’s Story.
“thought, Flask!” cried Stubb; “leg catch
boat, stop plug-hole timber toe.” Days, weeks
pass, sail, ivory Pequod swept cruising-
grounds; Azores; Cape de Verdes; Plate, mouth
Rio de la Plata; Carrol Ground, stake, water
local, southerly St. Helena. South-eastward
Cape, distant Crozetts, cruising
ground Right Whalemen, sail loom, Goney.

The Affidavit. Surmises.
narrative;indirect touch interest curious habit
sperm whales, chapter, earlier part, found volume;
matter familiar enlarge, adequate, incredulity
profound ignorance induce minds, natural verity
main points.

The Mat-Maker. The First Lowering. The Hyena.
Ahab’s Boat and Crew. Fedallah. The Spirit-Spout.
The Albatross. The Gam.
consume fire purpose, Ahab action view capture Moby
Dick; sacrifice mortal interest passion; nature
wed fiery whaleman, abandon collateral prosecution.

Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True
Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in
Brit.
cloudy, sultry afternoon; seamen lazily lounge decks, vacant
gaze lead-coloured waters. phantoms, seem, flit deck, noise
less celerity, cast loose tackle band boat swung. queer
mixed affair life man universe practical joke, wit dim
discern, suspect joke expense.

Ahab whaler spoke: wind sea betoken storms.
Cape of Good Hope, watery region, corner highway,
meet traveller part. paint canvas, form
whale eye whaleman body whale moor whale-ship step.
Pictures of Whaling Scenes. Stone; in Mountains;
in Stars. Steering north-eastward Crozetts, fell
meadow brit, minute, yellow substance, Right Whale feeds.

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