An Out-of-Context Excerpt From “Moby Dick”

So, I’ve never read Moby Dick. I know, I know- stone me for it later. I never found the concept terribly engaging, and the first few paragraphs put me off it completely. However, buried deep in chapter 94, there’s this gem that I’m going to share with you, galleons:

“Squeeze! squeeze! squeeze! all the morning long; I squeezed that sperm till I myself almost melted into it; I squeezed that sperm till a strange sort of insanity came over me; and I found myself unwittingly squeezing my co-laborers’ hands in it, mistaking their hands for the gentle globules. Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally; as much as to say,- Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill-humor or envy! Come; let us squeeze hands all round; nay, let us all squeeze ourselves into each other; let us squeeze ourselves universally into the very milk and sperm of kindness.”

Yeah, this is totally about whaling.

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