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  •  Ah yes, the great white wail. (0+ / 0-)

    Call me Ishmael.  

    I am one member of the crew of the Pequod and we search for the nonorientable ruled surface that is the Republican Intellect.

    What the white whale was to Ahab, has been hinted; what, at times, he was to me, as yet remains unsaid.

    Aside from those more obvious considerations touching Moby Dick, which could not but occasionally awaken in any man's soul some alarm, there was another thought, or rather vague, nameless horror concerning him, which at times by its intensity completely overpowered all the rest; and yet so mystical and well nigh ineffable was it, that I almost despair of putting it in a comprehensible form. It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me. But how can I hope to explain myself here; and yet, in some dim, random way, explain myself I must, else all these chapters might be naught.

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    BTW: Take a look at this from Chpt 1:

    And, doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago. It came in as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances. I take it that this part of the bill must have run something like this:

    "GRAND CONTESTED ELECTION FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.
    "WHALING VOYAGE BY ONE ISHMAEL.
    "BLOODY BATTLE IN AFFGHANISTAN."

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    Gaa!

    How things do come around the wheel.  

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