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Day 17

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Chapters 73-77

April 5, 2022 by Yiyun Li

Right Whale was so named because it was the “right” whale to hunt—slow moving, and after being killed it floats. All whales should be the wrong whales to hunt; why not rename the Right Whale as the Left Whale, to be left alone?

“Why then do you try to ‘enlarge’ your mind? Subtilize it.” Subtilize it! A worthy life goal. (An aside: children nowadays take enrichment classes. Yet none of my enriching experiences from childhood came from being enriched or enlarged by adults.)

“Doesn’t the devil live for ever; who ever heard that the devil was dead? Did you ever see any parson a wearing mourning for the devil?” Aye, Stubb. God is dead after Nietzsche, and yet no one has come to announce the death of the devil.

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