Moby Dick

why does the french mate use stubb's visit as a chance to deceive his captain

chapter 90 and 91

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He does not want to actively deceive his captain, but he does want them to "dump" the whales that he feels are useless. In getting Stubb's help (Stubb has one agenda and the mate has a different agenda), he is able to accomplish his goal of getting os whales that he believes are worthless; he then gives Stubb the chance to get the whales which Stubb will then use to recover the ambergris.

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