Saturday, March 26, 2016

Moby Dick Ch. 79: The Prairie

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.

Here is yet another chapter in which Ishmael observes and comments upon the physiognomy of a whale’s head.  First of all, the whale has no nose to speak of, at last not in the typical mammalian sense of a protruding thing.  The whale’s nose is atop his head—the blow-hole.  Ishmael finds the whale’s forehead, or brow, to be sublime and full of mystery.  In observing this impressive brow, he notes, “You feel the Deity and the dread powers more forcibly than in beholding any other object in living nature.”

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