Monday, April 03, 2006

The Fate of Moby Dick

I missed a lecture on Melville the other day, but I was reminded that, a few years back, I happened to read a children's version of Moby Dick -- God knows why.

And I was shocked.

The book declared that Moby Dick had been killed in the encounter with the Pequod. A glaring, unpardonable mistake, I thought.

I went back to the original.

The whale was... "stricken."

Apparently the children's book was not totally misguided.