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Ay, ay! 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.
The Quarter-Deck


Or, The Whale

Herman Melville

The Great American Novel.

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I. Loomings
II. The Carpet-Bag
III. The Spouter-Inn
IV. The Counterpane
V. Breakfast
VI. The Street
VII. The Chapel
VIII. The Pulpit
IX. The Sermon
X. A Bosom Friend
XI. Nightgown
XII. Biographical
XIII. Wheelbarrow
XIV. Nantucket
XV. Chowder
XVI. The Ship
XVII. The Ramadan
XVIII. His Mark
XIX. The Prophet
XX. All Astir
XXI. Going Aboard
XXII. Merry Christmas
XXIII. The Lee Shore
XXIV. The Advocate
XXV. Postscript
XXVI. Knights and Squires
XXVII. Knights and Squires
XXIX. Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb
XXX. The Pipe
XXXI. Queen Mab
XXXII. Cetology
XXXIII. The Specksynder
XXXIV. The Cabin-Table
XXXV. The Mast-Head
XXXVI. The Quarter-Deck
XXXVII. Sunset
XXXIX. First Night-Watch
XL. Midnight, Forecastle
XLI. Moby-Dick
XLII. The Whiteness of the Whale
XLIII. Hark!
XLIV. The Chart
XLV. The Affidavit
XLVI. Surmises
XLVII. The Mat-Maker
XLVIII. The First Lowering
XLIX. The Hyena
L. Ahab’s Boat and Crew. Fedallah
LI. The Spirit-Spout
LII. The Albatross
LIII. The Gam
LIV. The Town-Ho’s Story
LV. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales
LVI. Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True Pictures of Whaling Scenes
LVII. Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars
LIX. Squid
LX. The Line
LXI. Stubb Kills a Whale
LXII. The Dart
LXIII. The Crotch
LXIV. Stubb’s Supper
LXV. The Whale as a Dish
LXVI. The Shark Massacre
LXVII. Cutting In
LXVIII. The Blanket
LXIX. The Funeral
LXX. The Sphynx
LXXI. The Jeroboam’s Story
LXXII. The Monkey-Rope
LXXIII. Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk Over Him
LXXIV. The Sperm Whale’s Head—Contrasted View
LXXV. The Right Whale’s Head—Contrasted View
LXXVI. The Battering-Ram
LXXVII. The Great Heidelburgh Tun
LXXVIII. Cistern and Buckets
LXXIX. The Prairie
LXXX. The Nut
LXXXI. The Pequod Meets the Virgin
LXXXII. The Honour and Glory of Whaling
LXXXIII. Jonah Historically Regarded
LXXXIV. Pitchpoling
LXXXV. The Fountain
LXXXVI. The Tail
LXXXVII. The Grand Armada
LXXXVIII. Schools and Schoolmasters
LXXXIX. Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish
XC. Heads or Tails
XCI. The Pequod Meets the Rose-Bud
XCII. Ambergris
XCIII. The Castaway
XCIV. A Squeeze of the Hand
XCV. The Cassock
XCVI. The Try-Works
XCVII. The Lamp
XCVIII. Stowing Down and Clearing Up
XCIX. The Doubloon
C. Leg and Arm
CI. The Decanter
CII. A Bower in the Arsacides
CIII. Measurement of The Whale’s Skeleton
CIV. The Fossil Whale
CV. Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish?—Will He Perish?
CVI. Ahab’s Leg
CVII. The Carpenter
CVIII. Ahab and the Carpenter
CIX. Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin
CX. Queequeg in His Coffin
CXI. The Pacific
CXII. The Blacksmith
CXIII. The Forge
CXIV. The Gilder
CXV. The Pequod Meets the Bachelor
CXVI. The Dying Whale
CXVII. The Whale-Watch
CXVIII. The Quadrant
CXIX. The Candles
CXX. The Deck Toward the End of the First Night-Watch
CXXI. Midnight—The Forecastle Bulwarks
CXXII. Midnight Aloft—Thunder and Lightning
CXXIII. The Musket
CXXIV. The Needle
CXXV. The Log and Line
CXXVI. The Life-Buoy
CXXVII. The Deck
CXXVIII. The Pequod Meets the Rachel
CXXIX. The Cabin
CXXX. The Hat
CXXXI. The Pequod Meets the Delight
CXXXII. The Symphony
CXXXIII. The Chase—First Day
CXXXIV. The Chase—Second Day
CXXXV. The Chase—Third Day