Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

or ork we have received nothing certain. They grow exceeding fat, insomuch that an incredible quantity of oil will be extracted out of one whale.” – IBID. “HISTORY OF LIFE AND DEATH.”

“The sovereignest thing on earth is parmacetti for an inward bruise.” – KING HENRY.

“Very like a whale.” – HAMLET.

“Immense as whales, the motion of whose vast bodies can in a peaceful calm trouble the ocean til it boil.” – SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT. PREFACE TO GONDIBERT.

“What spermacetti is, men might justly doubt, since the learned Hosmannus in his work of thirty years, saith plainly, Nescio quid sit.” – SIR T. BROWNE. OF SPERMA CETI AND THE SPERMA CETI WHALE. VIDE HIS V.E.

“By art is created that great Leviathan, called a Commonwealth or State – (in Latin,

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