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Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick Chapter 106: Ahab’s Leg Summary

  • When Ahab disembarks from the Samuel Enderby, he splinters his ivory leg.
  • One of Ahab’s peculiarities is that he tends to take very careful care of his whalebone leg – because right after the Pequod set sail, he had an accident in which it stabbed him in the groin.
  • He blamed all the pain caused by this wound on Moby Dick, who, of course, caused him to lose his leg in the first place.
  • This groin-stabbing accident was the reason that Ahab stayed in his cabin like a hermit during the beginning of the Pequod’s voyage.
  • Ahab gets the ship’s carpenter to make him a new leg out of some of the sperm whale jawbone the Pequod has collected so far on its voyage.

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