Moby Dick Chapters 61-66 Summary and Analysis

Herman Melville

Chapters 61-66 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Fleece: a 90-year-old, black cook

Summary
Drowsing during his watch at the foremast-head, Ishmael, spots a gigantic sperm whale lolling in the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean. The boats are lowered; Tashtego harpoons the whale; and Stubb kills it with his lance.

“It is the harpooneer that makes the voyage.” He must cast his harpoon 20 or 30 feet after rowing with all his strength and shouting loudly at the same time. Two harpoons are set in the crotch, but the second is usually thrown overboard where it dangles dangerously from the main harpoon line.

The whale is secured next to the Pequod. Stubb tries to enjoy his whale...

(The entire section is 427 words.)