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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

    And, doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago.

    I'm surprising myself at how full of knowledge and wisdom the "boring parts" are.
     
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  2. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It came as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances.
     
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  3. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    I take it that this part of the bill must have run something like this:

    "Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.
    "WHALING VOYAGE BY ONE ISHMAEL.
    "BLOODY BATTLE IN AFFGHANISTAN."​
     
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  4. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    A great insight!
     
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  5. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tirades, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces -- though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment.
     
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  6. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Chief among these motives was the overwhelming idea of the great whale himself.
     
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  7. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity.
     
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  8. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds, helped to sway me to my wish.
     
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  9. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.
     
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  10. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
     
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  11. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Sounds like progress!
     
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  12. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it -- would they let me -- since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.
     
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  13. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome, the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and, in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.
     
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  14. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Ok, I'll admit that he's posting a little bit more from Moby Dick than I thought he would. But it definitely won't be the whole thing. There's just no way.
     
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  15. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Honestly.... I'm starting to think otherwise.
     
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  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Don't encourage him! :p
     
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  17. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    CHAPTER II.
    The Carpet-Bag.

    I stuffed a shirt or two into my old carpet-bag, tucked it under my arm, and started for Cape Horn and the Pacific.
     
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  18. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Quitting the good city of old Manhatto, I duly arrived in New Bedford.
     
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  19. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    So long, Manhatto!
     
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  20. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It was on a Saturday night in December.
     
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