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Billy Budd

Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #10

"But the exceptional in the matter moves the hearts within you. Even so too is mine moved. But let not warm hearts betray heads that should be cool." (21.29)

Here is a bit of Captain Vere's counsel to the drumhead court. We often tend to think of rationality and sophistication as being opposed to that which is natural within us. Is there any room for the word should in man's existence as a natural being? Is there any such thing as a cool head?

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