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The Daily Dick: Musings on the Greatest Novel Ever

"Then falling into a moment’s revery, Ahab again looked up towards the sun and murmured to himself: 'Thou sea-mark! thou high and mighty Pilot! you tell me truly where I AM—but can you give the least hint where I SHALL be? Or can you tell where some other thing besides me is this moment living? Where is Moby Dick?This instant you must be eyeing him. These eyes of mine look into the very eye that is even now beholding him; aye, and into the eye that is even now equally beholding the objects on the unknown, other side of thee, thou sun!'”


Musing: Ahab is closing in on the white whale's feeding grounds, and is becoming impatient. Throughout the book, Ahab speaks to and of the sun as a substitute for speaking to and of the Sun/Son/God. Beautiful passage that reveals how Ahab has not yet cut off communication with the sun/Sun.

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