CliffsNotes on Melville's Moby-Dick

CliffsNotes on Melville's Moby-Dick

CliffsNotes on Melville's Moby-Dick

CliffsNotes on Melville's Moby-Dick

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“Call me Ishmael,” the narrator begins, in one of the most recognizable opening lines in American literature. This observant young man from Manhattan has been to sea four times in the merchant service but yearns for a whaling adventure. On a cold, gloomy night in December, he arrives at the Spouter-Inn in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and agrees to share a bed with a stranger. Both men are alarmed when the bunkmate, a heavily tattooed Polynesian harpooner named Queequeg, returns late and discovers Ishmael beneath his covers. But the two soon become good friends and decide to sail together from the historical port of Nantucket.

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