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Moby-Dick Chapter 97: The Lamp

By Herman Melville

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Chapter 97: The Lamp

  • Ishmael notes that all the sailors use lots of whale oil for their lamps, so their sleeping quarters are bright at night.
  • On other types of ships, the men aren’t allowed much oil or light because it’s expensive, but since the whaling ship harvests oil, there’s plenty on board.

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