Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would read about whaling in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. DId you catch the reference in chapter XXXVI?
Poor Tom has been beaten and tossed in the waste-room of the gin-house. Simon Legree goes to see if Tom has been “broken-in” and is ready to obey his master’s every order.
“Well, my boy,” said Legree, with a contemptuous kick, “how do you find yourself? Didn’t I tell yer I could larn yer a thing or tow? How do yer like it–eh? How did yer whaling agree with yer, Tom? An’t quite so crank as ye was last night. Ye couldn’t treat a poor sinner, now, to a bit of sermon, could ye, –eh?”
How did yer whaling agree with yer, Tom?
Tom is the whale?
What a terrible image!
PS–Did you make a note that Legree spent time on a ship in his youth? The plantation owner has some monomaniacal tendencies, like Ahab, don’t you think?