Amanda Nedham

The Whaleship Was My Harvard & My Yale (2009)

…to have one’s hands among the unspeakable foundations, ribs and very pelvis of the world; this is a fearful thing. What am I that I should essay to hook the nose of this leviathan! The awful tauntings in Job might well appall me. “Will he (the leviathan) make a covenant with thee? Behold the hope of him is vain!” But I have swam through libraries and sailed through oceans; I have had to do with whales with these visible hands; I am in earnest; and I will try. There are some preliminaries to settle.
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville