Thursday, December 31, 2015

Moby-Dick Ch. 39: First Night-Watch

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. 

And now we go to Stubb, the second mate, mending a part of the boat.  Unlike the somber inner monologues of Ahab and Starbuck, Stubb's soliloquy is more light-hearted.  He begins laughing, and says to himself, "I know not all that may be coming, but be what it will, I'll go to it laughing."  And then he sings a silly drinking song to himself:

We'll drink to-night with hearts as light,
To loves as gay and fleeting
As bubbles that swim, on the beaker's brim,
And break on the lips while meeting."


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