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It is my contention in this essay, though, that such attempts are far less characteristic of Chabon's approach than his markings of their incommensurateness.
This is above all true of how such an account can succeed in preserving inviolate the incommensurateness of sensibility with understanding.
The defiance, as we have pointed out, seems to be necessary, because in the last analysis it constitutes a factor of "resistence" in front of the sheer incommensurateness between the absolutely pure Creator and the absolutely impure Created--without it, in the Cape Horn episode Ahab could have died for good.
There are other works in which low and high are starkly juxtaposed to convey an incommensurateness that is genuinely cosmopolitan.