"While thus employed, the heavy pewter lamp suspended in chains over his head, continually rocked with the motion of the ship, and for ever threw shifting gleams and shadows of lines upon his wrinkled brow, till it almost seemed that while he himself was marking out lines and courses on the wrinkled charts, some invisible pencil was also tracing lines and courses upon the deeply marked chart of his forehead."
Musing: Ahab is in his cabin perusing the charts and maps. The language in this section is blow-me-away amazing. Ahab is a map that we are learning to read. How great is this for character building!