Day 2Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
March 19, 2022 by Yiyun Li
“Yes; all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea.” Brave: what a strange and unforgettable adjective.
“What deadly voids and unbidden infidelities in the lines that seem to know upon all Faith, and refuse resurrections to the beings who have placelessly perished without a grave.” Placelessly: what an astonishing adverb.
“The man that has anything bountifully laughable about him, be sure there is more in that man than you perhaps think for.” Yes! Also: methinks those insisting Moby-Dick is but a boring whaling tale are oysters mistaking the thick water for the thinnest air.