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Some are rather dry and textbookish, but I rather like Nicholas Allan's new book Where
Melville's most straightforward chapters in Moby-Dick contain textbookish, conversational prose, especially in the chapters on whaling and different kinds of whales or when he is describing the simple characters comprising the "knights and squires" of the Pequod (Coffler 78).
We are introduced to the Yeve with a textbookish paragraph: