The Right Whale's head bears a rather inelegant resemblance to a gigantic galliot-toed shoe. Moby-Dick (Chap. 75: The Right Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

A galliot-toed shoe is a shoe with a square toe.

It’s a stretch, but let’s count it.

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As in general shape the noble Sperm Whale's head may be compared to a Roman war-chariot (especially in front, where it is so broadly rounded) Moby-Dick (Chap. 75: The Right Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

I can see it.

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Kentucky Mammoth Cave Moby-Dick (Chap. 74: The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

Mammoth Cave Kentucky is the world’s longest system of caves.

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Herschel's great telescope Moby-Dick (Chap. 74: The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

William Herschel was a British astronomer who discovered Uranus.His largest, most powerful telescope was 40 feet long, with a lens diameter of over four feet.

A sketch of Herschel’s 40 ft. telescope

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He ear has no external leaf whatever; and into the hole itself you can hardly insert a quill, so wondrously minute is it. It is lodged a little behind the eye. With respect to their ears, this important difference is to be observed between the sperm whale and the right. While the ear of the former has an external opening, that of the latter is entirely and evenly covered over with a membrane, so as to be quite imperceptible from without. Moby-Dick (Chap. 74: The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

This chick is holding a sperm whale’s ear drum

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Euclid Moby-Dick (Chap. 74: The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, known as “the father of geometry.” Shown here thinkin bout geometry.

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There is more character in the Sperm Whale's head Moby-Dick (Chap. 74: The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View) by Herman Melville

More spermaceti too

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And Ahab chanced so to stand, that the Parsee occupied his shadow; while, if the Parsee's shadow was there at all it seemed only to blend with, and lengthen Ahab's. Moby-Dick (Chap. 73: Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk Over Him) by Herman Melville

According to superstition, the devil casts no shadow.

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So, when on one side you hoist in Locke's head, you go over that way; but now, on the other side, hoist in Kant's and you come back again; but in very poor plight. Thus, some minds for ever keep trimming boat. Oh, ye foolish! throw all these thunder-heads overboard, and then you will float light and right. Moby-Dick (Chap. 73: Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk Over Him) by Herman Melville

John Locke and Immanuel Kant are giants of western philosophy. Ishmael is suggesting that men shouldn’t cast their intellectual lot with celebrated minds, but instead, think for themselves.

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Mean or not mean, here we are at the ship. Moby-Dick (Chap. 73: Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk Over Him) by Herman Melville

Meaning is complicated. Especially for Flask, who REALLY doesn’t get Stubbs' humor.

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