Moby Dick, Elizabeth Schultz, Wales discussed on WNYC Programming


Joining me in studio three sixty today to talk about Moby Dick is there a pleasure thank you yep bye bye now we're going to end today's exploration with Elizabeth Schultz who we talked to at the beginning of the program she's devoted a long career to introducing new generations to the book at the university of Kansas Beth Schultz is absolutely passionate about Moby Dick she even admits to being obsessed with it I asked her to tell me her favorite scene in the book Honecker how many there are well the pending on the day depending on the weather I think in the think of any a passage that would be right but yes there are a good number of passages tell me tell me one given today's weather well let me are referred to a passage in the grand armada chapter this is a chapter in which the Pequod enters into a a part of the world of part of the ocean where there are circles upon circles of Wales and it is at this moment when we see the wailing endeavor at its most horrific at its greedy est at its most exploitive because the well what's go out one after another and they shoot countless are harpoons into the bodies of Wales it is a terrible bloody scene in about three minutes time quick quick harpoon was flung the stricken fish darted blinding spray in our faces and then running away with us like light steered straight for the hearts of the herd though such a movement on the part of the whales struck under such circumstances is in no wise unprecedented and indeed is almost always more or less anticipated yeah it does it present one of the more perilous vicissitudes of the fishery for us the swift monster drags you deeper and deeper into the frantic shoal you bid at June two circumspect life and only exist in a delirious throb and it is in the midst of this may him this bloody operation that they enter into a circle of Wales they go through what is called a living wall that's Melville's furries living wall of Wales and in the middle of this pod they've looked down into the water is very clear and there they see Wales arm I'm making love they see mother whales with their with their faiths they see a whale of baby well that has just been born and is still in the shape of a turn fetal shape as if it has just come from its its mother's womb but far beneath this wondrous.

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