Moby Dick Chapter 62 The Dart
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Author:  Robert Tulip [ Mon May 21, 2012 6:45 am ]
Post subject:  Moby Dick Chapter 62 The Dart ... m#2HCH0062

Ah, Melville the whaling innovator! The separation between harpooneer (whale fixer) and lancer (whale killer) is a cause of low profit, since the fixer often misses the target due to exhaustion from having to row. Therefore Melville proposes that:

all this is both foolish and unnecessary. The headsman should stay in the bows from first to last; he should both dart the harpoon and the lance, and no rowing whatever should be expected of him.

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