Chapter 6, Section 6, Last Sentence


Melville His World and Work
by Andrew Delbanco, page 175


In Captain Ahab,
Melville had invented a suicidal charismatic
who denounces as a blasphemer anyone
who would deflect him from his purpose
-- an invention that shows no sign of becoming obsolete any [ T ] ime soon.


A third six seems clear,
in spite of its not being here,
but quite the antidote is near,
& dear.