From: Ahab's Leg
"The most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like."
It does feel this way sometimes. In this chapter, Ahab has broken his ivory leg. He will need to have a new one made. Ishmael is making the connection between Ahab's tragic loss of limb and the pain he is still in - pain often begets pain.
These days, I see that connection. Years of living under a madman, angry and deceitful, has given birth to an angry nation. I feel the National unease, the fear, the hostility.
All I can do is this - read, muse, hope for calmer seas ahead and kinder people to lead us across oceans .