Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

Whales, but did not take any till the first of May, the sea being then covered with them.” – COLNETT’S VOYAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXTENDING THE SPERMACETI WHALE FISHERY.

“In the year 1690 some persons were on a high hill observing the whales spouting and sporting with each other, when one observed: there – pointing to the sea – is a green pasture where our children’s grand-children will go for bread.” – OBED MACY’S HISTORY OF NANTUCKET.

“I built a cottage for Susan and myself and made a gateway in the form of a Gothic Arch, by setting up a whale’s jaw bones.” – HAWTHORNE’S TWICE TOLD TALES

“She came to bespeak a monument for her first love, who had been killed by a whale in the Pacific Ocean, no less than forty years ago.” – IBID.

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