"These are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean’s skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang." Musing: This is so Melville - beautiful language rocking you into a deep reverie, then a stabbing reminder of what is being said. Brilliant.
“'Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!'” deliriously howled Ahab, as the malignant iron scorchingly devoured the baptismal blood." The translation is: ""I baptize you not in the name of the father, but in the name of the devil" Musing: In a letter to Hawthorne, Melville writes: "This is the book's motto (the secret one),--Ergo non baptiso te in nomine--but make out the rest yourself." No wonder Hawthorne fled to another country as soon as Moby-Dick, ded