Moby Dick CHAPTER 72. The Monkey-Rope
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I'm pressing on with Moby Dick, sorry to be slow, but there is plenty more. I am planning to also get into some of the symbolism, for example the whale as allegory for the virginal nature of the untamed lands of the USA.
But sticking with this chapter, we have one of the most dangerous imaginable practices here.
So, in the roiling boiling sea, beset by waves and sharks, the only protection offered for this quaintly termed "humorously perilous business" is the eponymous Monkey Rope, which Ishmael holds on deck to prevent Queequeg falling in among the pearly friends of Mack the Knife. Remarkably, Melville has occasion to speak of metaphysics in this awkward spot, with Ishmael and Queequeg joined like Siamese Twins in a joint stock merger, perhaps like the temporal and eternal substances merged in the one person of Jesus Christ.
A touch of inshallah