Sunday, February 28, 2016

Moby Dick Ch. 65: The Whale as a Dish

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.

In this chapter, Ishmael ponders the strangeness of eating whales and, by extension, eating fellow creatures in general.  He concludes that even the most apparently “civilized” men are actually barbaric: “Go to the meat-market of a Saturday night and see the crowds of live bipeds staring up at the long rows of dead quadrupeds...Who is not a cannibal?  I tell you it will be more tolerable for the Fejee that salted down a lean missionary in his cellar against a coming famine; it will be more tolerable for that provident Fejee, I say, in the Day of Judgment, than for thee, civilized and enlightened gourmand, who nailest geese to the ground, and feastiest on their bloated livers in your pate-de-foie-gras.”


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