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  • From The Chase - Third Day

The Daily Dick: Musings From the Greatest Novel Ever

"Here's food for thought, had Ahab time to think; but Ahab never thinks; he only feels, feels, feels; that's tingling enough for mortal man! to think's audacity. God only has that right and privilege. Thinking is, or ought to be, a coolness and a calmness; and our poor hearts throb, and our poor brains beat too much for that."


Musing: Starbuck is trying to make sense of Ahab again. But look at what he's saying! It's audacity for man to think!! Starbuck seems to represent that old dogmatic religion where man is not to think about God. Let the preachers, and priests, and parsons think about God for us. But it is this lack of thought that will soon doom Starbuck. Let's think about the implications of all that!

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