Susan AgueWritten by

An Awesome Polar Circle Trip Last December

Featured, Nature, Reviews| Views: 3299

At that moment Starbuck caught sight of Stubb’s face slowly beginning to glimmer into sight. Glancing upwards, he cried: “See! see!” and once more the high tapering flames were beheld with what seemed redoubled supernaturalness in their pallor. The corpusants have mercy on us all,” cried Stubb, again.

At the base of the mainmast, full beneath the doubloon and the flame, the Parsee was kneeling in Ahab’s front, but with his head bowed away from him; while near by, from the arched and overhanging rigging, where they had just been engaged securing a spar, a number of the seamen, arrested by the glare, now cohered together, and hung pendulous, like a knot of numbed wasps from a drooping, orchard twig. In various enchanted attitudes, like the standing, or stepping, or running skeletons in Herculaneum, others remained rooted to the deck; but all their eyes upcast?

“Aye, aye, men!” cried Ahab. “Look up at it; mark it well; the white flame but lights the way to the White Whale! Hand me those mainmast links there; I would fain feel this pulse, and let mine beat against it; blood against fire! So. Then turning—the last link held fast in his left hand, he put his foot upon the Parsee; and with fixed upward eye, and high-flung right arm, he stood erect before the lofty tri-pointed trinity of flames.

“Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar; I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance. To neither love nor reverence wilt thou be kind; and e’en for hate thou canst but kill; and all are killed. No fearless fool now fronts thee. I own thy speechless, placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake life will dispute its unconditional, unintegral mastery in me. In the midst of the personified impersonal, a personality stands here. Though but a point at best; whencesoe’er I came; wheresoe’er I go; yet while I earthly live, the queenly personality lives in me, and feels her royal rights. But war is pain, and hate is woe. Come in thy lowest form of love, and I will kneel and kiss thee; but at thy highest, come as mere supernal power; and though thou launchest navies of full-freighted worlds, there’s that in here that still remains indifferent. Oh, thou clear spirit, of thy fire thou madest me, and like a true child of fire, I breathe it back to thee.”

Sign up to our Newsletter

3 Responses to " An Awesome Polar Circle Trip Last December "

  1. Vergo Vergo says:

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus cursus dui eu convallis mattis. Vestibulum vestibulum nisl vitae porta interdum. Vestibulum vitae luctus massa. Nam ut fringilla velit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Cras eget bibendum metus. In cursus, nulla sit amet placerat imperdiet, metus urna pharetra arcu, quis feugiat diam lectus id lacus.

    • Vergo Vergo says:

      Proin porttitor elit id ornare sagittis. Fusce metus nunc, molestie at nulla in, aliquet tincidunt massa. Duis nulla quam, hendrerit eu erat sed, dignissim consectetur quam. Suspendisse lectus tortor, auctor at nulla a, molestie volutpat justo. In hac habitasse platea dictumst.

  2. Vergo Vergo says:

    Ut mollis libero a vulputate blandit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Curabitur in mattis purus. Fusce ut mollis odio, ac dignissim nibh. Phasellus dapibus lectus at aliquet luctus. Vestibulum cursus nunc mauris, id sodales libero mollis tincidunt. Proin scelerisque tellus a commodo molestie.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *