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Day 23

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Chapters 99-102

April 11, 2022 by Yiyun Li

“The Doubloon” is one Shakespearean experience! Little Pip, reciting Murray’s Grammar, is Prince Hamlet in disguise.

“You books must know your places. You’ll do to give us the bare words and facts, but we come in to supply the thoughts.” At the risk of sounding too much like an irreverent Stubb, I too say this to the books on my shelves.

I love the list of the outfits in the chapter “The Decanter”: firkin as a unit for butter, anker for gin. There is no measuring unit for a reader’s pleasure savoring these no longer used words.

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