Wednesday, July 15, 2015


"As we were going along the people stared; not at Queequeg so much—for they were used to seeing cannibals like him in their streets,—but at seeing hims and me upon such confidential terms."
—from chapter 13 of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, "The Wheelbarrow"


So we now need to get this interesting couple from New Bedford to their honeymoon in Nantucket and beyond. The small movement of the wheelbarrow and the moving of goods becomes Ishmael and Queequeg upon the packet schooner Moss (passing the Acushnet river!) and then, eventually, the crew of the Pequod out to sea.


"From that hour I clove to Queequeg like a barnacle; yea, till poor Queequeg took his last long dive."

If we weren't sure that Ishmael and Queequeg were close before, then Ishmael now confirms it for us. Is his transformation complete?

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