Monday, December 21, 2009

Autumn of Dick - Week 10

I overshot a little bit last week; the meeting with the Samuel Enderby happened in this week's reading, though I blogged about it last week. I'll admit it - the novel is dragging on, chapters are blending into one another. This week's reading contained more soliloquies, as well as the chapters on the carpenter and the blacksmith which, let's face it, sort of state the obvious. Besides the meeting with the Samuel Enderby, the most significant thing to happen in this week's reading is that Queequeg became deathly ill with a fever, so ill in fact that the ship's carpenter made him a wooden coffin. After days of illness, Queequeg arises from the coffin one day in good health, ready to hunt whales as if nothing happened. The coffin stays aboard, though, and becomes Queequeg's sea chest. As with some of the novel's earlier instances of foreshadowing, its clear that this coffin is going to play a significant role in the story before the novel is through - at this point, it screams "Chekovian gun!" How it will be significant, of course, remains to be seen.

What were your thoughts on this week's reading? I found some of this week's chapters to be among the most stylistically interesting, with the exception, of course, of the chapter of soliloqies.

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