No Trip to Hawaii for Me

01 Apr

scoria – n.  rough, dark chunks of lava

Classical Usuage:  In Chapter 6 Melville describes New Bedford and the fancy houses, parks and gardens belonging to the citizens.  He asks, “Whence came they?  how planted upon this once scraggy scoria of a country?  Does Melville actually think the New World is the remnants of a volcano?  He does think whales are fish, so I’m not necessary relying on the accuracy of his scientific statements.

Classically Mad Usage:  Scoria gives me the heeby-jeebies much like fingernails on a chalkboard, or forks on a bare plate.  The texture, the sound it makes against other pieces of scoria – yeck!

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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