selections from MOBY-DICK : EXTRACTS (2015 to 2016)

EXTRACTS 01 : 'And God created great whales.' GENESIS. EXTRACTS 02 : 'Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be hoary.' JOB. EXTRACTS 03 : 'Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.' JONAH. EXTRACTS 05 : 'In that day, the Lord with his sore, and great, and strong sword, shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.' ISAIAH. EXTRACTS 08 : 'Scarcely had we proceeded two days on the sea, when about sunrise a great many Whales and other monsters of the sea, appeared. Among the former, one was of a most monstrous size. * * This came towards us, open-mouthed, raising the waves on all size, and beating the sea before him into a foam.' TOOKE'S LUCIAN. 'THE TRUE HISTORY.' EXTRACTS 11 : 'Let us fly, let us fly! Old Nick take me if it is not Leviathan described by the noble prophet Moses in the life of patient Job.' RABELAIS EXTRACTS 12 : 'This whale's liver was two cartloads.' STOWE'S ANNALS.
EXTRACTS 17 : 'Which to secure, no skill of leach's art Mote him availle, but to returne againe To his wound's worker, that with lowly dart, Dinting his breast, had bred his restless paine, Like as the wounded whale to shore flies thro' the maine.' THE FAERIE QUEENE EXTRACTS 19 : 'What spermacetti is, men might justly doubt, since the learned Hosmannus in his work of thirty years, saith plainly, Nescio quid sit.' SIR T. BROWNE. OF SPERMA CETI AND THE SPERMA CETI WHALE. VIDE HIS V.E. EXTRACTS 21 : 'Silly Mansoul swallowed it without chewing, as if it had been a sprat in the mouth of a whale.' PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. EXTRACTS 37 : 'If we compare land animals in respect to magnitude, with those that take up their abode in the deep, we shall find they will appear contemptible in the comparison. The whale is doubtless the largest animal in creation.' GOLDSMITH, NAT. HIS. EXTRACTS 41 : 'The Spermacetti Whale found by the Nantuckois, is an active, fierce animal, and requires vast address and boldness in the fishermen. EXTRACTS 44 : 'A tenth branch of the king's ordinary revenue, said to be grounded on the consideration of his guarding and protecting the seas from pirates and robbers, is the right to royal fish, which are whale and sturgeon. And these, when either thrown ashore or caught near the coast, are the property of the king.' BLACKSTONE. EXTRACTS 45 : 'Soon to the sport of death the crews repair: / Rodmond unerring o'er his head suspends / The barbed steel, and every turn attends.' FALCONER'S SHIPWRECK.
EXTRACTS 46 : 'Bright shone the roofs, the domes, the spires, / And rockets blew self driven, / To hang their momentary fire / Around the vault of heaven. / So fire with water to compare, / The ocean serves on high, / Up-spouted by a whale in air, / To express unwieldy joy.' COWPER, ON THE QUEEN'S VISIT TO LONDON. EXTRACTS 49 : 'The whale is a mammiferous animal without hind feet.' BARON CUVIER. EXTRACTS 51 : 'In the free element beneath me swam, / Floundered and dived, in play, in chace, in battle, / Fishes of every color, form, and kind; / Which language cannot paint, and mariner / Had never seen; from dread Leviathan / To insect millions peopling every wave: / Gather'd in shoals immense, like floating islands, / Led by mysterious instincts through that waste / And trackless region, though on every side / Assaulted by voracious enemies, / Whales, sharks, and monsters, arm'd in front or jaw. / With swords, saws, spiral horns, or hooked fangs.' MONTGOMERY'S WORLD BEFORE THE FLOOD. EXTRACTS 53 : 'In the year 1690 some persons were on a high hill observing the whales spouting and sporting with each other, when one observed; there—pointing to the sea—is a green pasture where our children's grand-children will go for bread.' OBED MACY'S HISTORY OF NANTUCKET. EXTRACTS 61 : 'Mad with the agonies he endures from these fresh attacks, the infuriated Sperm Whale rolls over and over; he rears his enormous head, and with wide expanded jaws snaps at everything around him; he rushes at the boats with his head; they are propelled before him with vast swiftness, and sometimes utterly destroyed. *** It is a matter of great astonishment that the consideration of the habits of so interesting, and, in a commercial point of view, of so important an animal (as the Sperm Whale) should have been so entirely neglected, or should have excited so little curiosity among the numerous, and many of them competent observers, that of late years must have possessed the most abundant and the most convenient opportunities of witnessing their habitudes.'  THOMAS BEALE'S HISTORY OF THE SPERM WHALE, 1839. EXTRACTS 73 : 'It was not till the boats returned from the pursuit of these whales, that the whites saw their ship in bloody possession of the savages enrolled among the crew.' NEWSPAPER ACCOUNT OF THE TAKING AND RETAKING OF THE WHALE-SHIP HOBOMOCK. EXTRACTS 74 : 'It is generally well known that out of the crews of Whaling vessels (American) few ever return in the ships on board of which they departed.' CRUISE IN A WHALE BOAT.