Moby Dick Chapters 26-31 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 26-31 Summary and Analysis

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Starbuck: chief mate

Stubb: second mate

Flask: third mate, called King-Post

Tashtego: Stubb’s Indian harpooner

Daggoo: Flask’s African harpooner

Summary
The first two chapters of this section, both entitled “Knights and Squires,” describe the officers of the Pequod. “Three better, more likely sea-officers and men, each in his own different way, could not readily be found, and they were every one of them Americans.”

Starbuck, a Quaker, is a lean, “steadfast man.” He had lost both a father and a brother to whaling and has a family at home. Consequently, he is a cautious whaleman...

(The entire section is 520 words.)