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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

    Much was I disappointed upon learning that the little packet for Nantucket had already sailed, and that no way of reaching that place would offer, till the following Monday.
     
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  2. Old Thunder

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    As most young candidates for the pains and penalties of whaling stop at this same New Bedford, thence to embark on their voyage, it may as well be related that I, for one, had no idea of so doing.
     
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  3. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Late December back in '63?
     
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  4. Old Thunder

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    For my mind was made up to sail in no other than a Nantucket craft, because there was a fine boisterous something about everything connected with that famous old island, which amazingly pleased me.
     
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  5. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    What a very special time for me.
     
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  6. Old Thunder

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    Besides though New Bedford has of late been gradually monopolising the business of whaling, and though in this matter poor old Nantucket is now much behind her, yet Nantucket was her great original -- the Tyre of this Carthage; -- the place where the first dead American whale was stranded.

    Given it was published in 1851 I rather doubt that.
     
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  7. Old Thunder

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    Where else but from Nantucket did those aboriginal whalemen, the Red-Men, first sally out in canoes to give chase to the Leviathan?
     
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  8. Old Thunder

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    And where but from Nantucket, too, did that first adventurous little sloop put forth, partly laden with imported cobble-stones -- so goes the story -- to throw at the whales, in order to discover when they were nigh enough to risk a harpoon from the bowsprit?
     
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  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    What happens in Nantucket, stays in Nantucket
     
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  10. Old Thunder

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    Now having a night, a day, and still another night, following before me in New Bedford, ere I could embark for my destined port, it became a matter of concernment where I was to eat and sleep meanwhile.
     
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  11. Old Thunder

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    It was a very dubious-looking, nay, a very dark and dismal night, bitingly cold and cheerless.
     
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  12. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    I knew no one in the place.
     
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  13. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    With anxious grapnels I had sounded my pocket, and only brought up a few pieces of silver, -- So, whenever you go, Ishmael, said I, to myself as I stood in the middle of a dreary street shouldering my bag, and comparing the gloom towards the north with the darkness towards the south -- wherever in your wisdom you may conclude to lodge for the night, my dear Ishmael, be sure to inquire the price, and don't be too particular.
     
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  14. Censored

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    Why? You know he's not going to post the whole book...Just a few more pages to make us think otherwise. Mark my words. You'll see.
     
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  15. Old Thunder

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    With halting steps I paced the streets, and passed the sign of "The Crossed Harpoons" -- but it looked too expensive and jolly there.
     
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  16. Old Thunder

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    Further on, from the bright red windows of the "Sword-Fish Inn," there came such fervent rays, that it seemed to have melted the packed snow and ice from before the house, for everywhere else the congealed frost lay ten inches thick in a hard, asphaltic pavement, -- rather weary for me, when I struck my foot against flinty projections, because from hard, remorseless service the soles of my boots were in a most miserable plight.
     
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  17. Old Thunder

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    Too expensive and jolly, again thought I, pausing one moment to watch the broad glass in the street, and hear the sounds of the tinkling glasses within.
     
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  18. Old Thunder

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    But go on, Ishmael, said I at last; don't you hear? get away from before the door; your patched boots are stopping the way.
     
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  19. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    So on I went.
     
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  20. Old Thunder

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    I now by instinct followed the streets that took me waterward, to for there, doubtless, were the cheapest, if not the cheeriest inns.
     
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