Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

Dan. HVALT is arched or vaulted.”
-WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY

“WHALE…. It is more immediately from the Dut. And Ger. WALLEN; A.S. WALW-IAN, to roll, to wallow.” -RICHARDSON’S DICTIONARY

EXTRACTS (Supplied by a Sub-Sub-Librarian).
It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred or profane. Therefore you must not, in every case at least, take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology. Far from it. As touching the ancient authors generally, as well as the poets

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