He reddened and went off, but I believe made some jeering remark to the carpenter as to the sensible practice of ventilating a ship's quarter-deck
. I know he popped into the mate's cabin to impart the fact to him be- cause the whiskers came on deck, as it were by chance, and stole glances at me from below--for signs of lunacy or drunkenness, I suppose.
He may in some measure have been influenced by his seamanlike impatience of the interference of landsmen, and his high notions of naval etiquette and quarter-deck
authority; but he evidently had an honest, trusty concern for the interests of his employer.
I could neither hear nor see anybody else; but when I spoke up, answering sad murmurs filled the quarter-deck
, and its shadows seemed to shift here and there.
now staged a lurid scene: that blazing trap-door in its midst; and each man there a naked demon madly working to save his roasting skin.
He took breakfast in his cabin and dressed as solemnly to appear on the quarter-deck
as if he were going to turn out for Bond Street, or the Course at Calcutta.
Here upon the very point of starting for the voyage, Captain Peleg and Captain Bildad were going it with a high hand on the quarter-deck
, just as if they were to be joint-commanders at sea, as well as to all appearances in port.