Moby Dick Chapter 22 Merry Christmas
Link: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2701/270 ... m#2HCH0022
""Man the capstan! Blood and thunder!—jump!"—was the next command, and the crew sprang for the handspikes."
The Pequod is piloted out to sea. "At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It was a short, cold Christmas; and as the short northern day merged into night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor... Charity ... had placed a small choice copy of Watts in each seaman's berth."
"Spite of this frigid winter night in the boisterous Atlantic, spite of my wet feet and wetter jacket, there was yet, it then seemed to me, many a pleasant haven in store"
A final incoherent prayer from Bildad before he heads back to port with the pilot ship: "Don't whale it too much a' Lord's days, men; but don't miss a fair chance either, that's rejecting Heaven's good gifts... If ye touch at the islands, Mr. Flask, beware of fornication. ... Be careful with the butter—twenty cents the pound it was"
And the journey is underway: "Ship and boat diverged; the cold, damp night breeze blew between; a screaming gull flew overhead; the two hulls wildly rolled; we gave three heavy-hearted cheers, and blindly plunged like fate into the lone Atlantic."
Still no sign of Captain Ahab...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bildad
Bildad was one of Job's three friends in the Book of Job. His intent was consolation, but he became an accuser, asking Job what he has done to deserve God's wrath.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peleg
Peleg (Hebrew: פֶּלֶג / פָּלֶג) lived to the age of 239 years. (Genesis 11:16-19) According to the Septuagint, Phaleg lived to an age of 339 years. (Septuagint Genesis 11:16-19)
Peleg is a common surname in Israel, also being the root lettering for sailing . The meaning of Peleg in English is "brook", a little river.
According to Genesis 10:25 and 1 Chronicles 1:19, it was during the time of Peleg that "the earth was divided" – traditionally, this is often assumed to be just before, during, or after the failure of Nimrod's Tower of Babel. The meaning of the earth being divided is usually taken to refer to a patriarchal division of the world, or possibly just the eastern hemisphere, into allotted portions among the three sons of Noah for future occupation, as specifically described in antiquarian and mediaeval sources.