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Ishmael

I am again reading Moby Dick. Ishmael went to the whaler Pequod to hire on as crew. The Pequod’s owner asked Ishmael why he wanted to go whaling. Ishmael replied, “To see the world.” The owner sent Ishmael forward to peer into the offing and then asked for a report of what he had seen. “Nothing but water [and] considerable horizon.” The owner then posed this vexing question: “Can’t ye see the world where you stand?” Ishmael only knew that “go a-whaling I must.” Ishmael signed the papers, having neither met Captain Ahab nor heard the name Moby Dick.

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