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by Herman Melville
Queequeg Timeline and Summary
Queequeg goes to his bed at the Spouter-Inn, only to discover that the landlord has arranged for Ishmael to share it. After spending a night together, Queequeg and Ishmael become best friends and bosom companions – Queequeg describes them as "married." While Ishmael goes out looking for a whaling ship, Queequeg stays behind to celebrate a day of prayer and fasting in honor of his god, Yojo. Queequeg resists Ishmael’s attempts to convince him that worshipping Yojo by depriving himself of all physical comforts is wrong. Queequeg signs up to be a harpooneer on the Pequod. Along with the rest of the crew, Queequeg swears to get revenge on Moby Dick for Captain Ahab. Queequeg takes part in various regular whaling hunts and activities on board the Pequod, where he frequently demonstrates his own resourcefulness and heroism. Queequeg gets very sick and, convinced he’s going to die, orders his coffin to be made. When Queequeg recovers, he eventually suggests that his coffin be turned into a life-buoy to replace one that the ship lost. When Moby Dick sinks the Pequod, Queequeg goes down with the ship, still perched on one of the masts.