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  • Stop heaving those sighs! You'll put someone's eye out!

    August 7, 2008

  • Nothing, I was just being a dork. I'm jealous because you found the time to read the book before I did. *heaves enormous sigh*

    August 7, 2008

  • Mmmmm! I'll save a place on the hammock!

    August 7, 2008

  • I look forward to studying the scripture with you, dontcry.

    nb. What's this dink business?

    August 7, 2008

  • Yarb, darling, you're just basking in the "Moby Dick Or The Whale" afterglow! Seriously, I could take it or leave it. Having said that, I do own a 1930 edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent in excellent (actually, almost perfect) condition...

    When you come to The Porch, I'll let you look at it!

    August 7, 2008

  • Oho! Furthermore,

    "The Train-oyl runs into the Warehouse into a Vatt, whereout they fill it into Cardels or Vessels..A Cardel or Hogshead holds 64 Gallons." (1694 Acc. Sev. Late Voy., 1711 ed.)

    "The Dutch..took 57,590 whales, yielding 3,105,596 quardeelen of oil..A quardeel of oil contains..from 77 to 90 imperial standard gallons." (1857 Polar Seas & Regions, ed. 20)

    —Hot damn.

    August 7, 2008

  • Yarb has to be right. I mean, have you ever seen a copy of that tome?

    August 7, 2008

  • Ohhh... okay. I misunderstood.

    Boy, you really like Melville, huh? the dink...


    Can we keep quardeel at least? C'mon. It's cool.

    August 7, 2008

  • What do you mean, the stuff Melville left out? The whole point of Moby-Dick is that nothing is left out. It contains everything. Stuff published after is just exegesis. Stuff claiming to have been published before - as qroqqa's source - is an elaborate hoax perpetrated by a conniving scientific elite.

    August 7, 2008

  • Wow, what a word!

    p.s. Yarb... what about all the stuff Melville left out of his book? (the dink...) Or was published after his book? Doesn't that stuff count? Pleeease?

    August 7, 2008

  • If she procured a cargo of 100 quardeelen of oil, she was entitled to no additional bounty; but for every quardeel* she fell short, an additional bounty of 50 f. was due.

    * The quardeel of oil contains 12 steeken Dutch, or 60. 27 gallons English.

    —William Scoresby, 1820, An Account of the Arctic Regions, Edinburgh

    August 6, 2008

  • If it's not in Moby-Dick, I don't see how it can be genuine whaling terminology.

    August 6, 2008

  • A hogshead containing, in the 17th c., 64 gallons, used in the Dutch whaling trade. Also cardel, kardel.

    August 6, 2008