Moby Dick, or, The Whale

Chapter 5. Breakfast.

To do anything coolly, is to do it genteelly. ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick

After talking about the brevity of Moby Dick’s chapters yesterday, here we have a chapter that’s little longer than a page. And it’s just about the seamen’s quietness at breakfast and Queequeg’s comical use of his harpoon to reach across the table to get food.

There isn’t much more to say about this chapter except to go on to the definitions for this chapter.


Ledyard – A town in New London County, Connecticut, USA

Mungo Park – from Wikipedia: ‘a Scottish explorer of West Africa. He was the first Westerner known to have travelled to the central portion of the Niger River, and his account of his travels is still in print.’

Green Mountains – A mountain range in Vermont, USA. Funnily enough, when searching, I found that there’s a mountain range by this name in Queensland, Australia, too.

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