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Ishmael experiences other tropes or turnings from his thanatopsis mood, as when in the Spouter Inn he is terrified by the prospect of a cannibalistic, harpoon-toting savage for his bedmate, only to find a bosom friend who indirectly saves his life; as when in the chapel, staring at signs of his seemingly foreordained death in the black-bordered tablets commemorating sailors lost at sea, he finds unaccountably that his "Faith, like a jackal, [that] feeds among the tombs, [.
A huge spouter - soaring to 450 feet - was struck in 1895.
We no longer remember how this got started, but now it's a tradition, and it requires the spouter to "kindly do the needful" to help the others understand.
Ledge Geyser is a loud and powerful spouter that vents its steam at a 45 [degrees] angle; the pulsing, puffing Whirligig is one that appears to release its heated water from a circling underground source.
From American culture, Melville derives grotseque native humor--visible in the characterization of Captain Peleg, the mate Stubb, the cook Fleece; a folksy religious idiom--manifested in Father Mapple's colorful sermon and in the secular use of religion throughout the novel; dark reform devices--especially in the portrait of the ex-drunkard Perth and in the raucous drinking scene in the Spouter Inn; and radical-democratic paradoxical characters--for example, the humane cannibal Queequeg, the oxymoronic oppressor Ahab, the querulous Quaker Bildad, and the entire wicked yet likable crew.
On his arrival in New Bedford, he went to the Spouter Inn near the waterfront to spend the night.
Among the enticing sights that await the second day are the bank, drugstore, ship chandlery, a nautical general store, the Ropewalk, where cordage is made, and more: a planetarium, Stone's Store with dry goods and hardware, and Schaefer's Spouter Tavern, named for that in Moby Dick and restored as a historic site.
Dining facilities include Schaefer's Spouter Tavern, a recreated 19th century tavern in the village that serves sandwiches, cookies and beverages; the Galley, an informal family restaurant for snacks or grill and deli foods; and the Seamen's Inne, a more formal riverside restaurant with a candlelit dining room as well as a pub (there is a children's menu).
Early in the book, Ishmael arrives at the Spouter Inn and discovers in the entry
Upon entering the town of New Bedford, where he plans to embark on a whaling ship for the first time, Ishmael seeks refuge in the Spouter Inn.