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.
The title of this chapter, the Specksynder, comes from an old Dutch whaling title which refers to the chief harpooneer. This chapter further describes Ahab as a kind of emperor or king, though he is dressed in shabby sailor’s clothes. The author writes: “Oh, Ahab! What shall be grand in thee, it must needs be plucked at from the skies, and dived for in the deep, and featured in the unbodied air!”