The inexperienced Ishmael sets out on the whaling ship Pequod from Nantucket, looking for adventure.
Some time after sailing, Ahab finally appears on the quarter-deck one morning, an imposing,... More > frightening figure whose haunted visage sends shivers over the narrator. One of his legs is missing from the knee down and has been replaced by a prosthesis fashioned from a sperm whale's jawbone.
Soon gathering the crewmen together, with a rousing speech Ahab secures their support for his single, secret purpose for this voyage: hunting down and killing Moby Dick, an old, very large sperm whale, with a snow-white hump and mottled skin, that crippled Ahab on his last whaling voyage...
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