The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

All visible objects ... are but as pasteboard masks. Options
Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:00:00 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/7/2009
Posts: 25,493
Neurons: 75,657
Location: Inside Farlex computers
All visible objects ... are but as pasteboard masks.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Bully_rus
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:16:54 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/26/2013
Posts: 2,577
Neurons: 190,864
Location: Minsk, Minskaya Voblasts', Belarus
Yeah. Though that alone doesn’t make it less dangerous or easier to deal with...
monamagda
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:29:16 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/4/2014
Posts: 6,689
Neurons: 4,650,172
Location: Bogotá, Bogota D.C., Colombia
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:41:53 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/4/2015
Posts: 1,291
Neurons: 473,391
Location: Vinton, Iowa, United States
All visible objects ... are but as pasteboard masks.
capitán
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:01:23 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/18/2013
Posts: 452
Neurons: 14,098
Location: San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
The Lower Layer

What gain could be possible be there for Ahab´s men?
As Starbucks asks the captain what kind of profit would the vengeance bring about,

Mr. Starbuck; wilt thou not chase the white whale? art not game for Moby Dick?"
"I am game for his crooked jaw, and for the jaws of Death too, Captain Ahab,
if it fairly comes in the way of the business we follow; but I came here to hunt whales, not my commander's vengeance.
How many barrels will thy vengeance yield thee even if thou gettest it, Captain Ahab? it will not fetch thee much in our Nantucket market."


To this, Ahab responds...

"Nantucket market! Hoot! But come closer, Starbuck; thou requirest a little lower layer.
If money's to be the measurer, man, and the accountants have computed their great counting-house the globe,
by girdling it with guineas, one to every three parts of an inch;
then, let me tell thee, that my vengeance will fetch a great premium HERE!"

"He smites his chest," whispered Stubb, "what's that for? methinks it rings most vast, but hollow."


Starbucks answer is only natural...

"Vengeance on a dumb brute!" cried Starbuck,
"that simply smote thee from blindest instinct! Madness!
To be enraged with a dumb thing, Captain Ahab, seems blasphemous."


And then comes today's quote...

"Hark ye yet again — the little lower layer. All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event — in the living act, the undoubted deed — there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me, the white whale is that wall, shoved near to me. Sometimes I think there's naught beyond. But 'tis enough. He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.


Not the pasteboard mask,
but breaking through Ahab´s mask,
there is such humanist nature...
...it requires a little lower layer.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.