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Moby-Dick by Herman Melville,
with notes to help the reader

Book, Table of Contents

Front Matter and Excerpts
Chapter 1 - Loomings
Chapter 2 - The Carpet-Bag
Chapter 3 - The Spouter-Inn
Chapter 4 - The Counterpane
Chapter 5 - Breakfast
Chapter 6 - The Street
Chapter 7 - The Chapel
Chapter 8 - The Pulpit
Chapter 9 - The Sermon
Chapter 10 - A Bosom Friend
Chapter 11 - Nightgown
Chapter 12 - Biographical
Chapter 13 - Wheelbarrow
Chapter 14 - Nantucket
Chapter 15 - Chowder
Chapter 16 - The Ship
Chapter 17 - The Ramadan
Chapter 18 - His Mark
Chapter 19 - The Prophet
Chapter 20 - All Astir
Chapter 21 - Going Aboard
Chapter 22 - Merry Christmas
Chapter 23 - The Lee Shore
Chapter 24 - The Advocate
Chapter 25 - Postscript
Chapter 26 - Knights And Squires
Chapter 27 - Knights And Squires
Chapter 28 - Ahab
Chapter 29 - Enter Ahab; To Him, Stubb
Chapter 30 - The Pipe
Chapter 31 - Queen Mab
Chapter 32 - Cetology
Chapter 33 - The Specksynder
Chapter 34 - The Cabin-Table
Chapter 35 - The Mast-Head
Chapter 36 - The Quarter-Deck
Chapter 37 - Sunset
Chapter 38 - Dusk
Chapter 39 - First Night-Watch
Chapter 40 - Midnight, Forecastle
Chapter 41 - Moby Dick
Chapter 42 - The Whiteness of the Whale
Chapter 43 - Hark!
Chapter 44 - The Chart
Chapter 45 - The Affidavit
Chapter 46 - Surmises
Chapter 47 - The Mat-Maker
Chapter 48 - The First Lowering
Chapter 49 - The Hyena
Chapter 50 - Ahab's Boat and Crew. Fedallah
Chapter 51 - The Spirit-Spout
Chapter 52 - The Albatross
Chapter 53 - The Gam
Chapter 54 - The Town-Ho's Story
Chapter 55 - Of the Monstrous
Pictures of Whales
Chapter 56 - Of the Less Erroneous
Pictures of Whales, and the True Pictures of Whaling Scenes
Chapter 57 - Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars
Chapter 58 - Brit
Chapter 59 - Squid
Chapter 60 - The Line
Chapter 61 - Stubb Kills A Whale
Chapter 62 - The Dart
Chapter 63 - The Crotch
Chapter 64 - Stubb's Supper
Chapter 65 - The Whale as a Dish
Chapter 66 - The Shark Massacre
Chapter 67 - Cutting In
Chapter 68 - The Blanket
Chapter 69 - The Funeral
Chapter 70 - The Sphynx
Chapter 71 - The Jeroboam's Story
Chapter 72 - The Monkey Rope
Chapter 73 - Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk Over Him
Chapter 74 - The Sperm Whale's Head—Contrasted View
Chapter 75 - The Right Whale's Head—Contrasted View
Chapter 76 - The Battering-Ram
Chapter 77 - The Great Heidelburgh Tun
Chapter 78 - Cistern and Buckets
Chapter 79 - The Prairie
Chapter 80 - The Nut
Chapter 81 - The Pequod Meets the Virgin
Chapter 82 - The Honor and Glory of Whaling
Chapter 83 - Jonah Historically Regarded
Chapter 84 - Pitchpoling
Chapter 85 - The Fountain
Chapter 86 - The Tail
Chapter 87 - The Grand Armada
Chapter 88 - Schools and Schoolmasters
Chapter 89 - Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish
Chapter 90 - Heads or Tails
Chapter 91 - The Pequod Meets
the Rose-Bud
Chapter 92 - Ambergris
Chapter 93 - The Castaway
Chapter 94 - A Squeeze of the Hand
Chapter 95 - The Cassock
Chapter 96 - The Try-Works
Chapter 97 - The Lamp
Chapter 98 - Stowing Down
and Clearing Up
Chapter 99 - The Doubloon
Chapter 100 - Leg and Arm: The Pequod, of Nantucket, Meets the Samuel Enderby, Of London
Chapter 101 - The Decanter
Chapter 102 - A Bower in the Arsacides
Chapter 103 - Measurement of the Whale's Skeleton
Chapter 104 - The Fossil Whale
Chapter 105 - Does the Whale's Magnitude
Diminish?—Will he Perish?
Chapter 106 - Ahab's Leg
Chapter 107 - The Carpenter
Chapter 108 - Ahab and the Carpenter
Chapter 109 - Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin
Chapter 110 - Queequeg in his Coffin
Chapter 111 - The Pacific
Chapter 112 - The Blacksmith
Chapter 113 - The Forge
Chapter 114 - The Gilder
Chapter 115 - The Pequod Meets The Bachelor
Chapter 116 - The Dying Whale
Chapter 117 - The Whale Watch
Chapter 118 - The Quadrant
Chapter 119 - The Candles
Chapter 120 - The Deck Towards the End of
the First Night Watch
Chapter 121 - Midnight—The Forecastle Bulwarks
Chapter 122 - Midnight Aloft—Thunder and Lightning
Chapter 123 - The Musket
Chapter 124 - The Needle
Chapter 125 - The Log and Line
Chapter 126 - The Life-Buoy
Chapter 127 - The Deck
Chapter 128 - The Pequod Meets
the Rachel
Chapter 129 - The Cabin
Chapter 130 - The Hat
Chapter 131 - The Pequod Meets
the Delight
Chapter 132 - The Symphony
Chapter 133 - The Chase—First Day
Chapter 134 - The Chase—Second Day
Chapter 135 - The Chase—Third Day
Epilogue

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A note on the text


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