Ishmael is now in the seedier part of town. In the Old Testament, Sodom and Gomorrah were cities that God destroyed for being havens of vice.
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The names for beach properties were as horrible in the 19th century as they are today.
But beware the bed bugs…
Ismael is making fun of himself, and of people in general: we imagine the world revolves around us, and that our personal fate is of great consequence.
Adam and Eve are the orchard thieves.
It’s nice of Melville to make them equally culpable here. Usually Eve gets blamed for being smarter/more interesting than her beefcake husband.
Actual slaves (Moby Dick was first published in 1851, well before the end of legal slavery in the United States) would probably have been like, “Well, you for one, Mr. Ishmael.”
Today, it gives the impression that the message is that although we are free, there are traces/vestiges of slavery in modern society, to my money.
Good point. Melville was known to let Ishmael misspeak certain facts to give the narrator a more human quality. This pretense obscures instances (possibly like this one) when Melville may have revealed his own blunders and/or biases.
A spar is any wooden or metal pole used to support sails or rigging.
“Here I am"