The following is from a work-in-progress called "Moby Dick: a Book Report" in which I read each chapter of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, and write about what I read.
On the day of their departure, Ishmael and Queewqueg arrive at the Pequod early in the morning. They are again accosted by the annoying and foreboding “prophet” Elijah who makes references to a few shadowy/ghost-like sailors he saw board the ship. Shrugging off the strange man’s warnings, the two sailors board the Pequod and find it very quiet. They encounter a sleeping sailor, who tells them that Ahab is aboard. Anxious with anticipation, Ishmael and Queequeg watch as more sailors board the vessel.