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Day 25

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Chapters 108-112

April 13, 2022 by Yiyun Li

“How dost thou know that some entire, living, thinking thing may not be invisibly and uninterpenetratingly standing precisely where thou now standst… In thy most solitary hours, then, dost thou not fear eavesdroppers?” Ahab speaks eloquently of the ineffable.

“Thou hast outraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck…but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man.” Starbuck echoing Kent, to soon-to-be-blinded Lear: “See better, Lear.”

“Come higher, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death…Bury thyself in a life which, to your now equally abhorred and abhorring, landed world, is more oblivious than death.” The siren song for whalers, including Ishmael.

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