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Moby Dick

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Old Thunder, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Let's bond over some whale hunting, shall we?
     
  2. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Call me Ishmael.
     
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  3. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
     
  4. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation.
     
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  5. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moreal principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off -- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
     
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  6. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of Andy Kaufman reading The Great Gatsby book in its entirety on stage.
     
  7. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    This is my substitute for a pistol and ball.
     
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  8. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    With a philosophical flourish Cato* throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.

    *The Roman statesman Cato the Younger (95 - 46 B.C.) killed himself rather than submit to Caesar.
     
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  9. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    There is nothing surprising in this.
     
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  10. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
     
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  11. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs -- commerce surrounds it with her surf.
     
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  12. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Right and left, the streets take you waterward.
     
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  13. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Its extreme down-town is the Battery, where that noble mole is washed by waves, and cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of land.
     
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  14. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Look at the crowds of water-gazers there.
     
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  15. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon.
     
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  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You was serious about that?
     
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  17. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Go from Corlears Hook to Coenties Slip, and from thence by Whitehall, northward.
     
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  18. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one reading @1000 Eyes ' posts in Morgan Freeman's voice?
     
  19. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    What do you see? -- Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries.
     
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  20. Old Thunder

    Old Thunder Well-Known Member

    Some leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep.
     
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