Moby Dick Chapter 46 Surmises
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Tilting at windmills requires a cunning audacity to conceal its absurdity.
DWill and I debated Don Quixote at some length. Melville's allusion to the master is here rather too flagrant compared to Cervantes' own wily skill at concealing his true chivalric hand.
Ah chivalry! The noble crusades! Such high and pious ideals! And who said whaling was sordid?
So, despite the high monomania, there are whales to be caught, even if only to keep the harpooneers eye in and stop talk of usurpation.