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Moby-Dick Chapter 129: The Cabin

By Herman Melville

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Chapter 129: The Cabin

  • Ahab starts to leave his cabin and Pip goes to follow him.
  • Ahab stops Pip and tells him that he must stay below in the cabin; Ahab himself is going to stay on deck.
  • Pip begs Ahab to let him follow to help Ahab, but Ahab refuses, saying that Pip’s speech and manner make Ahab doubt his own sinister purpose.
  • Ahab leaves, and Pip has a brief soliloquy lamenting the loss of his self and of Ahab’s company.

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