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Finding Melville’s Whale: The Whiteness of the Whale (Chapter 42)

After reading some of the reviews from our Readers’ Survey, many people list these among their favorite posts, while many others consider them their least favorite. So, we’ve decided to change the posting schedule for Finding Melville’s Whale. From now on, one or two new entries will appear every Sunday, instead of Tuesdays and Thursdays. We hope you will continue reading along with us as we dive deeper in Melville’s masterpiece.

The Whiteness of the Whale

The nameless horror
in that deepest sea
is the whitest whale.
Albino beasts, though
oft mistaken for
divine ravelry
are far more vicious
then their drab companions.
Moby Dick was the
Whitest whale, and the
most horrible.


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