© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.



by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick Chapter 115: The Pequod meets the Bachelor Summary

  • A few weeks after Ahab forges his demonic harpoon, the Pequod encounters another whaling ship, the Bachelor, which has had a very successful cruise, collected many barrels of sperm oil.
  • The Bachelor is now engaged in sailing home while having one long party on board, with some native Polynesian girls who "eloped" with some of the sailors.
  • As the Bachelor passes, the captain calls to Ahab to come and join their bash, but Ahab persists in his ruthless quest, sailing into the wind.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...