Moby Dick

What is meant by stub's remark about Ahab that "the chick that's in him pecks the shell. "twill soon be out."

chapter 36

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Ahab has a desire that's eating at him. Ahab wants this whale at any cost though he tries to hide his true feelings. His metaphor is that his true feelings will show in time.

He's referring to Ahab's anger and desire for vengeance against the whale.


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