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: Aye, harpoons do like stuck in him like so many corkscrews. Aye, his spout is big, like Nantucket wheat. Aye, by death and devils, the white whale is Moby-Dick, if Moby-Dick you see! Starbuck
: Captain Ahab, was it not Moby-Dick that cut off thy leg? Captain Ahab
: Aye, Mr. Starbuck. Aye, my hearties all. It was Moby-Dick that dismantled me, that reaped off my leg like a mower a blade of grass and left me with this dead stump I stand on. For forever and a day I shall chase that white whale.
: Why the long face, Mr. Starbuck? Have you no game for Moby-Dick? Starbuck
: Aye, I have game for his crooked jaw. I have game for the jaws of death, if that's part of the business we came for. Sir, I am here to hunt whale, not my commander's vengeance. How many barrels of oil will your vengeance yeild, I ask you? Captain Ahab
: If money be the measure of everything we do, let me tell ye my vengeance will fetch a great premium here! Starbuck
: What do you wish of me, Captain Ahab? Captain Ahab
: Help me to strike a fin. Surely no impossible task for you, the best lancer of all Nantucket. Surely you, of all this crew, will not hold back.
: Time and tide flow wide, sir. Moby-Dick has the whole round watery world to swim in. Captain Ahab
: I know his latitudes. I know his driftings, every sea-shelled ground and volcano bay. Starbuck
: Here lies Nantucket, where our wives and children will be waiting, carrying wee babes up the hill to catch first glimpse of these sails. Your wife and son will be among them, captain, and we must not disappoint them. I am no crusader after perils. My course is set to return safely home with a full hold. 'Tis the object of our endeavour. Captain Ahab
: Mr. Starbuck, until this be done, my boy's face is to me as the palm of my hand, an unfeatured blank.
: 'Tis madness to be such enraged. To seek vengeance on a dumb animal is blasphemous!
: Sir, I must request that you put your foreign boys to work. Them sitting idle is affecting the morale. Did you not hear me, Captain? Captain Ahab
: They are not here as shipkeepers, Mr. Starbuck, or for any other purpose. They are here to find and slay the white whale.
: So you crossed his wake again? Capt. Boomer
: Aye. Twice. Captain Ahab
: But you could not fast him? Capt. Boomer
: Why would I want him? Isn't one limb enough? My wants a profitable home. No thank you, sir. No more white whales for me. He's best left alone. Captain Ahab
: Aye, but he'll be hunted nonetheless! What's best left alone, Captain, isn't always least to fight. When did you last see him? Capt. Boomer
: Upon my soul, sir, your blood's at boiling point! Captain Ahab
: Which way was he headed? Capt. Boomer
: Good God! East, I think! Captain Ahab
: East! Mr. Starbuck, prepare to set sail! We've wasted enough to time. Good day to you, Captain! Capt. Boomer
: What the devil is wrong with him? Has he lost his senses? Starbuck
: My apologies, Captain Boomer. No offense meant, I'm sure, sir. 'Tis the pain in his stump. Capt. Boomer
: The man's mad!
: What about the boy, sir? Captain Ahab
: Boy? What boy? Starbuck
: Pip, sir. He's lost at sea. Captain Ahab
: The tamborine boy? What the devil was he doing in your boat, Mr. Starbuck? Starbuck
: He stowed away, sir, where he wasn't supposed to be. He's a kind-hearted, jolly little boy, sir. I'm afraid we've lost him. Queequeg
: Me go find Pip! If Pip be dead, it be bad magic!
: May God forgive you, Ahab, may God forgive you...
Starbuck, first mate
: To be enraged with a dumb brute that acted out of blind instinct is blasphemous. Captain Ahab
: Speak not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. Look ye, Starbuck, all visible objects are but as pasteboard masks. Some inscrutable yet reasoning thing puts forth the molding of their features. The white whale tasks me; he heaps me. Yet he is but a mask. 'Tis the thing behind the mask I chiefly hate; the malignant thing that has plagued mankind since time began; the thing that maws and mutilates our race, not killing us outright but letting us live on, with half a heart and half a lung.
Starbuck, first mate
: It's late; you should turn in. Captain Ahab
: Sleep? That bed is a coffin, and those are winding sheets. I do not sleep, I die.
Starbuck, first mate
: [to Stubb and Flask
] It is an evil voyage, I tell thee. If Ahab has his way, neither thee nor me, nor any member of this ship's company will ever see home again. Stubb
: Aw, come on, Mr. Starbuck, you're just plain gloomy. Moby Dick may be big, but he ain't THAT big. Starbuck, first mate
: I do not fear Moby Dick - I fear the wrath of God.
Starbuck, first mate
: It is our task in life to kill whales, to furnish oil for the lamps of the world. If we perform that task well and faithfully, we do a service to mankind that pleases Almighty God. Ahab would deny all that. He has taken us from the rich harvest we were reaping to satisfy his lust for vengeance. He is twisting that which is holy into something dark and purposeless. He is a Champion of Darkness. Ahab's red flag challenges the heavens. Stubb
: Well, sir, if it's like that, I don't wonder that you, a religious man, might be a bit downcast. But I don't much see what you can do about it. Starbuck, first mate
: Listen to this. Starbuck, first mate
: [He goes over to a bookshelf, picks up a heavy book, opens it, and reads aloud from it
] Starbuck, first mate
: "A captain who, from private motives, employs his vessel for another purpose from that intended by the owners, is answerable to the charge of usurpation, and his crew is morally and legally entitled to employ forceful means in wresting his command from him." Stubb
: Well, that's a mouthful, I swear! Flask
: Wrest his command from him? Does that mean take over? Starbuck, first mate
: It does, Mr. Flask. Stubb
] Why, you ain't proposing we do any such thing? Starbuck, first mate
: [Starbuck indicates yes
: You're in dangerous waters, Mr. Starbuck! Come on over; come about!
Dr. Michelle Herman
: You know he's completely insane. Lt. Commander Starbuck
: How could anyone endure this and not be?