Study Guide

Moby-Dick Chapter 39: First Night-Watch

By Herman Melville

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Chapter 39: First Night-Watch

  • This chapter is Stubb’s soliloquy.
  • Stubb is alone, mending a brace.
  • He’s decided to react to this whole situation with a good hearty laugh.
  • It’s all predestined anyway, he thinks, and so the wise thing to do is just to be merry as long as he can.
  • He feels a little better because now Ahab has mastered Starbuck the way Stubb himself got mastered earlier.

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