Moby Dick

what besides carpentry does the ship carpenter do

what qualities does he exhibit

chapter 107

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"For not to speak of his readiness in ordinary duties:—repairing stove boats, sprung spars, reforming the shape of clumsy-bladed oars, inserting bull’s eyes in the deck, or new tree-nails in the side planks, and other miscellaneous matters more directly pertaining to his special business; he was moreover unhesitatingly expert in all manner of conflicting aptitudes, both useful and capricious."

In other words, he was a man of all trades.


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