The Word that takes the place of a noun.

09 Apr

Most mornings I pray Matins with my children.  This liturgy of scriptural prayer includes the Venite – Psalm 95. Since starting Moby-Dick there has been one verse leaping off the page at me each day:

The sea is His, for He made it.

So when I came across this passage in Chapter 14 Nantucket, the words did the textual equivalent of Triple Lutz:

. . . two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer’s.  For the sea is his; he owns it, . . .

Oh, the power of pronouns.

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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