CHAPTER 37: Sunset.
THE CABIN; BY THE STERN WINDOWS; AHAB SITTING ALONE, AND GAZING OUT.
I leave a white and turbid wake; pale waters, paler cheeks, where"er I sail. The envious billows sidelong swell to whelm my track; let them; however initially I pass.
Yonder, by ever-brimming goblet"s rim, the heat waves blush like wine. The gold brow plumbs the blue. The diver sun--sluggish dived from noon--goes down; my spirit mounts up! she wearies through her endless hill. Is, then, the crown as well hefty that I wear? this Iron Crvery own of Lombardy. Yet is it bappropriate with many type of a gem; I the wearer, view not its far flashings; yet darkly feel that I wear that, that dazzlingly confounds. "Tis iron--that I know--not gold. "Tis break-up, too--that I feel; the jagged edge galls me so, my brain appears to beat versus the solid metal; aye, steel skull, mine; the type that requirements no helmet in the many brain-battering fight!
Dry warm upon my brow? Oh! time was, once as the sunincrease nobly spurred me, so the suncollection soothed. No even more. This lovely light, it lights not me; all loveliness is anguish to me, since I deserve to ne"er enjoy. Gifted with the high perception, I absence the low, enjoying power; damned, many subtly and a lot of malignantly! damned in the midst of Paradise! Good night--excellent night! (WAVING HIS HAND, HE MOVES FROM THE WINDOW.)
"Twas not so hard a job. I thneed to uncover one stubborn, at the least; however my one cogged circle fits right into all their various wheels, and they revolve. Or, if you will, choose so many kind of ant-hills of powder, they all stand prior to me; and I their match. Oh, hard! that to fire others, the match itself must needs be wasting! What I"ve dared, I"ve willed; and also what I"ve willed, I"ll do! They think me mad--Starbuck does; but I"m demoniac, I am madness maddened! That wild madness that"s just calm to comprehfinish itself! The prophecy was that I have to be dismembered; and--Aye! I lost this leg. I currently prophesy that I will dismember my dismemberer. Now, then, be the prophet and also the fulfiller one. That"s even more than ye, ye good gods, ever were. I laugh and hoot at ye, ye cricket-players, ye pugilists, ye deaf Burkes and blinded Bendigoes! I will not say as schoolboys do to bullies--Take some among your own size; don"t pommel ME! No, ye"ve knocked me down, and also I am up again; but YE have run and also surprise. Come forth from behind your cotton bags! I have actually no lengthy gun to reach ye. Come, Ahab"s compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me. Swerve me? ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves! male has actually ye tright here. Swerve me? The path to my resolved function is lhelp through iron rails, whereon my spirit is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, with the rifled hearts of hills, under torrents" beds, unerringly I rush! Naught"s an obstacle, naught"s an angle to the iron way!
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