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by Hannah Leitheiser

Sweep the Deck

Moby Dick; Or, The Whale

Herman Melville

1851

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2018-02-08

"Now, gentlemen, sweeping a ship’s deck at sea is a piece of household work which in all times but raging gales is regularly attended to every evening; it has been known to be done in the case of ships actually foundering at the time. Such, gentlemen, is the inflexibility of sea-usages and the instinctive love of neatness in seamen; some of whom would not willingly drown without first washing their faces."