Chapter 14 of Herman Melville’s classic – Moby Dick. Read along with us and discuss this chapter or the book as a whole in the comments.
At last the two arrive in Nantucket.
Nothing but sand and the whalers’ resolve.
No timber nor weeds, everything that built
this island was brought by men that hunted
whales. From the first natives who chased a child
carried away in an eagle’s talons
to the modern whalers, growing bolder,
who have declared an everlasting war
against the whale, monstrous and mountainous.
These are their oceans. They are privateers
who have conquered all seas. To live among
the waves, empire of the unfathomed deep.