Reading Moby-Dick at 30,000 Feet
How we cite our quotes:
What a relief it would be
to hear someone in the crew
cry out like a gull, (48-50)
This inactive airplane life really weighs on our speaker. He suggests that all the things that are supposed to relieve us and relax us and make us more comfortable (upholstered seats, Muzak, airtight airplane compartments) are actually hard on us in a way. They separate us from liveliness and from interaction with the world.