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In Celebration of the 75th Anniversary
of the Lakeside Press Edition of

Moby Dick or The Whale
By Herman Melville
Illustrated by
Rockwell Kent
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Volume II, Chapter LXV, The Whale as a Dish, p. 165

“That mortal man should feed upon the creature that feeds his lamp, and, like Stubb, eat him by his own light, as you may say; this seems so outlandish a thing that one must needs go a little into the history and philosophy of it.
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Volume II, Chapter LX, The Line, p. 137

“…with reference to the whaling scene shortly to be described, as well as for the better understanding of all similar scenes elsewhere presented, I have here to speak of the magical, sometimes horrible whale-line.”
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Volume II, Chapter LXVI, The Shark Massacre, p. 169

“They viciously snapped, not only at each other’s disembowelments, but like flexible bows, bent round, and bit their own; till those entrails seemed swallowed over and over again by the same mouth, to be oppositely voided by the gaping wound.”
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Volume II, Chapter LXX, The Sphynx, p. 185

“Oh head! Thou hast seen enough to split the planets and make an infidel of Abraham, and not one syllable is thine!”
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Volume II, Chapter LXXIV, The Sperm Whale’s Head – Contrasted View, p. 211

“Moreover, while in most other animals that I can now think of, the eyes are so planted as imperceptibly to blend their visual power, so as to produce one picture and not two to the brain; the peculiar position of the whale’s eye, effectually divided as they are by many cubic feet of solid head, …”
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Volume II, Chapter LXXV, The Right Whale’s Head – Contrasted View, p. 215

“As in general shape the noble Sperm Whale’s head may be compared to a Roman war-chariot (especially in front,) where it is so broadly rounded); so, at a broad view, the Right Whale’s head bears a rather inelegant resemblance to a gigantic galliot-toed shoe.”
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Volume II, Chapter LXXXII, The Honor and Glory of Whaling, p. 262

“The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it, so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it,…”
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Volume II, Chapter LXXVIII, Cistern and Buckets p. 229

“Securing this block, so that it hangs down from the yard-arm, he swings one end of the rope, till it is caught and firmly held by a hand on deck. Then, hand-over-hand, down the other part, the Indian drops through the air, till dexterously he lands on the summit of the head.”
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Volume II, Chapter LXXXV, The Fountain, p. 271

“The central body of it is hidden in the snowy sparkling mist enveloping it; and how can you certainly tell whether any water falls from it, when, always, when you are close enough to a whale to get a close view of his spout, he is in a prodigious commotion, the water cascading all around him.”


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