Moby Dick Chapter 19 The Prophet
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At this point, I wish to refer the reader to my commentary on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Now, I am quite sure that Mr Melville has read Coleridge as his inspiration for the following:
Melville's grey beard loon suggests that Ishmael and Queequeg have sold their soul to the devil, aka Captain Ahab.
And the great coleridgeanism
the Grey Bearded Loon wrote:
With finger pointed and eye levelled at the Pequod, the beggar-like stranger stood a moment, as if in a troubled reverie; then starting a little, turned and said:—"Ye've shipped, have ye? Names down on the papers? Well, well, what's signed, is signed; and what's to be, will be; and then again, perhaps it won't be, after all. Anyhow, it's all fixed and arranged a'ready; and some sailors or other must go with him, I suppose; as well these as any other men, God pity 'em! Morning to ye, shipmates, morning; the ineffable heavens bless ye; I'm sorry I stopped ye."