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.
Ahab now sits alone on the deck of the Pequod, smoking his pipe. Melville describes him as “a king of the sea; and a great lord of Leviathans,” and compares him to old Norse kings. Unfortunately, Ahab is too disturbed to take comfort from his pipe-smoking. He casts his pipe into the sea.