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Day 30

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Chapters 134-epilogue

April 18, 2022 by Yiyun Li

“Ah! how they still strove through that infinite blueness to seek out the thing that might destroy them!” Show me one soul who is ever free from that fate, Ishmael!

“It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.” Thus finishes the novel, with a motherless child, and children-less parents.

Every time I finish reading Moby-Dick, I cannot but go back to reread this poem by Robert Herrick:

Bid me to live, and I will live
Bid me to weep, and I will weep
Bid me despair, and I'll despair…

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