Day 18Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
April 6, 2022 by Yiyun Li
Tashtego stuck in the whale head in a breech position, then rotated by Queequeg to be delivered head first to safety: despite some comments that the novel has but few female characters, there are plenty of housekeeping activities throughout, and now midwifery.
“Has the Sperm Whale ever written a book, spoken a speech? No, his great genius is declared in his doing nothing particular to prove it.” The Sperm Whale is my favorite Taoist, with an attitude of non-action and a lack of desire for human affairs!
“The Pequod meets the Virgin” is a perfect three-act play: set-up with faux comradeship, confrontation with genuine animosity and competition, and an anticlimax resolution, where the winners get nothing.