Reading Melville at Sea: Chapter Seven, The Chapel

The walls of the chapel at New Bedford are inscribed with memorials to the dead lost at sea. 

Ishmael wonders how “it is that we still refuse to be comforted for those who we nevertheless maintain are dwelling in unspeakable bliss.” 

He suggests that “what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance.” 

Ishamel is not a believer. 

I am starting to like him. the chapel moby dick

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Author: Kimberly Latta, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, writer, artist, and independent feminist scholar.

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