Moby Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The novel describes the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, led by Captain Ahab, who leads his crew on a hunt for the whale Moby-Dick. The novel initially received negative reviews but has since been known as one of the most popular pieces of literature in the English language. The first line of the book (”Call me Ishmael”) is one of the most famous in American literature. The opening line may be the most famous in American literature but there are many other popular quotes from this novel. For the purposes of our quote this month, we will be using another lesser-known quote from Moby Dick. In our quote, Ahab describes his distaste for the whale Shakespeare style.

“Aye, aye! It was that accursed white whale that razeed me; made a poor pegging lubber of me for ever and a day!” Then tossing both arms, with measureless imprecations he shouted out: “Aye, aye! and I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out.”

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