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Moby Dick

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Old Thunder, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans.
     
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  2. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Nah, he's going to stop any minute now.
     
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  3. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.
     
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  4. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger.
     
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  5. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    For to go as a passenger you must needs have a purse, and a purse is but a rag unless you have something in it.
     
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  6. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Besides, passengers get sea-sick -- grow quarrelsome -- don't sleep of nights -- do not enjoy themselves much, as a general thing; -- no, I never go as a passenger; nor, though I am something of a salt, do I ever go to sea as a Commodore, or a Captain, or a cook.
     
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  7. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    I abandon the glory and distinction of such offices to those who like them.
     
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  8. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    For my part, I abominate all honourable respectable toils, trials, and tribulations of every kind whatsoever.
     
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  9. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It is quite as much as I can do to take care of myself, without taking care of ships, barques, brigs, schooners, and what not.
     
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  10. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    And as for going as cook, -- though I confess there is considerable glory in that, a cook being a sort of officer on ship-board -- yet, somehow, I never fancied broiling fowls; -- though once broiled, judiciously buttered, and judgmatically salted and peppered, there is no one who will speak more respectably, not to say reverentially, of a broiled fowl than I will.
     
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  11. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It is out of the idolatrous dotings of the old Egyptians upon broiled ibis and roasted river horse, that you see the mummies of those creatures in their huge bake-houses the pyramids.
     
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  12. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    No, when I go to sea, I go as a simple sailor, right before the mast, plumb down into the forecastle, aloft there to the royal masthead.
     
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  13. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    True, they rather order me about some, and make me jump from spar to spar, like a grasshopper in a May meadow.

    At least whale hunting is still illegal.
     
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  14. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Some people might be gone for awhale.
     
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  15. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Lolol!
     
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  16. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    And at first, this sort of thing is unpleasant enough.
     
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  17. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It touches one's sense of honour, particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the Van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hadicanutes.

    And miss out on Moby Dick? Surely not!
     
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  18. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    And more than all, if just previous to putting your hand in the tar-pot, you have been lording it as a country schoolmaster, making the tallest boys stand in awe of you.

    Gabriel believed Moby Dick was his Shaker god.
     
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  19. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    The transition is a keen one, I assure you, from a schoolmaster to a sailor, and requires a strong decoction of Seneca and the Stoics to enable you to grin and bear it.*

    *The Roman philosopher, dramatist, and statesman Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 B.C. - A.D. 65) was an adherent of Stoicism, a Greek and Roman philosophical school that advocated quietude through the control of the passions. Seneca calmly committed suicide at the order of the emperor Nero, his former pupil.
     
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  20. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Not because of Moby Dick.
     


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