Sunday, February 28, 2016

Moby Dick Ch. 67: Cutting In

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.

This chapter describes the horribly unpleasant business of slaughtering the whale and removing its blubber in giant, bloody strips, sort of like peeling an orange.  Ishmael compares the slaughter to some ancient religious sacrifice: “You would have thought we were offering up ten thousand red oxen to the sea gods.”

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