Moby-Dick; or The Whale, by Herman Melville

Table of Content

CHAPTER 1. Loomings.
CHAPTER 2. The Carpet-Bag.
CHAPTER 3. The Spouter-Inn.
CHAPTER 4. The Counterpane.
CHAPTER 5. Breakfast.
CHAPTER 6. The Street.
CHAPTER 7. The Chapel.
CHAPTER 8. The Pulpit.
CHAPTER 9. The Sermon.
CHAPTER 10. A Bosom Friend.
CHAPTER 11. Nightgown.
CHAPTER 12. Biographical.
CHAPTER 13. Wheelbarrow.
CHAPTER 14. Nantucket.
CHAPTER 15. Chowder.
CHAPTER 16. The Ship.
CHAPTER 17. The Ramadan.
part of the foot-board of the bed and a line of the wall, but nothing
CHAPTER 18. His Mark.
part in similar ceremonies, looked no ways abashed; but taking the
CHAPTER 19. The Prophet.
CHAPTER 20. All Astir.
CHAPTER 21. Going Aboard.
CHAPTER 22. Merry Christmas.
CHAPTER 23. The Lee Shore.
CHAPTER 24. The Advocate.
CHAPTER 25. Postscript.
CHAPTER 26. Knights and Squires.
chapter of sounds. Yet, for all his hardy sobriety and fortitude, there
CHAPTER 27. Knights and Squires.
CHAPTER 28. Ahab.
CHAPTER 29. Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb.
CHAPTER 30. The Pipe.
CHAPTER 31. Queen Mab.
CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
BOOK I. (_Folio_), CHAPTER I. (_Sperm Whale_).—This whale, among the
BOOK I. (_Folio_), CHAPTER II. (_Right Whale_).—In one respect this is
BOOK I. (_Folio_), CHAPTER III. (_Fin-Back_).—Under this head I reckon
part of the back, of an angular shape, and with a very sharp pointed
BOOK I. (_Folio_) CHAPTER IV. (_Hump Back_).—This whale is often seen
BOOK I. (_Folio_), CHAPTER V. (_Razor Back_).—Of this whale little is
BOOK I. (_Folio_), CHAPTER VI. (_Sulphur Bottom_).—Another retiring
BOOK II. (_Octavo_), CHAPTER I. (_Grampus_).—Though this fish, whose
BOOK II. (_Octavo_), CHAPTER II. (_Black Fish_).—I give the popular
BOOK II. (_Octavo_), CHAPTER III. (_Narwhale_), that is, _Nostril
BOOK II. (_Octavo_), CHAPTER IV. (_Killer_).—Of this whale little is
BOOK II. (_Octavo_), CHAPTER V. (_Thrasher_).—This gentleman is famous
BOOK III. (_Duodecimo_), CHAPTER 1. (_Huzza Porpoise_).—This is the
BOOK III. (_Duodecimo_), CHAPTER II. (_Algerine Porpoise_).—A pirate.
BOOK III. (_Duodecimo_), CHAPTER III. (_Mealy-mouthed Porpoise_).—The
CHAPTER 33. The Specksnyder.
CHAPTER 34. The Cabin-Table.
CHAPTER 35. The Mast-Head.
CHAPTER 36. The Quarter-Deck.
CHAPTER 37. Sunset.
CHAPTER 38. Dusk.
CHAPTER 39. First Night-Watch.
CHAPTER 40. Midnight, Forecastle.
CHAPTER 41. Moby Dick.
CHAPTER 42. The Whiteness of the Whale.
CHAPTER 43. Hark!
CHAPTER 44. The Chart.
CHAPTER 45. The Affidavit.
CHAPTER 46. Surmises.
CHAPTER 47. The Mat-Maker.
CHAPTER 48. The First Lowering.
CHAPTER 49. The Hyena.
CHAPTER 50. Ahab’s Boat and Crew. Fedallah.
CHAPTER 51. The Spirit-Spout.
CHAPTER 52. The Albatross.
CHAPTER 53. The Gam.
CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho’s Story.
CHAPTER 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales.
CHAPTER 56. Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True
chapter Colnett and Cuvier have been referred to. Huggins’s is far
CHAPTER 57. Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in
CHAPTER 58. Brit.
CHAPTER 59. Squid.
CHAPTER 60. The Line.
CHAPTER 61. Stubb Kills a Whale.
CHAPTER 62. The Dart.
CHAPTER 63. The Crotch.
CHAPTER 64. Stubb’s Supper.
CHAPTER 65. The Whale as a Dish.
CHAPTER 66. The Shark Massacre.
CHAPTER 67. Cutting In.
CHAPTER 68. The Blanket.
CHAPTER 69. The Funeral.
CHAPTER 70. The Sphynx.
CHAPTER 71. The Jeroboam’s Story.
letter on it, sent it thus loaded back into the ship. It fell at Ahab’s
CHAPTER 72. The Monkey-Rope.
CHAPTER 73. Stubb and Flask kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk
CHAPTER 74. The Sperm Whale’s Head—Contrasted View.
CHAPTER 75. The Right Whale’s Head—Contrasted View.
CHAPTER 76. The Battering-Ram.
CHAPTER 77. The Great Heidelburgh Tun.
CHAPTER 78. Cistern and Buckets.
part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun. He has carried
CHAPTER 79. The Prairie.
CHAPTER 80. The Nut.
CHAPTER 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin.
CHAPTER 82. The Honor and Glory of Whaling.
CHAPTER 83. Jonah Historically Regarded.
CHAPTER 84. Pitchpoling.
CHAPTER 85. The Fountain.
CHAPTER 86. The Tail.
CHAPTER 87. The Grand Armada.
CHAPTER 88. Schools and Schoolmasters.
CHAPTER 89. Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish.
CHAPTER 90. Heads or Tails.
CHAPTER 91. The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud.
CHAPTER 92. Ambergris.
CHAPTER 93. The Castaway.
CHAPTER 94. A Squeeze of the Hand.
part of the fish, and also from the thicker portions of his flukes. It
part of Leviathan’s tail: it averages an inch in thickness, and for the
CHAPTER 95. The Cassock.
CHAPTER 96. The Try-Works.
CHAPTER 97. The Lamp.
CHAPTER 98. Stowing Down and Clearing Up.
CHAPTER 99. The Doubloon.
CHAPTER 100. Leg and Arm.
CHAPTER 101. The Decanter.
CHAPTER 102. A Bower in the Arsacides.
CHAPTER 103. Measurement of The Whale’s Skeleton.
CHAPTER 104. The Fossil Whale.
CHAPTER 105. Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish?—Will He Perish?
CHAPTER 106. Ahab’s Leg.
CHAPTER 107. The Carpenter.
CHAPTER 108. Ahab and the Carpenter.
CHAPTER 109. Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin.
CHAPTER 110. Queequeg in His Coffin.
CHAPTER 111. The Pacific.
CHAPTER 112. The Blacksmith.
CHAPTER 113. The Forge.
CHAPTER 114. The Gilder.
CHAPTER 115. The Pequod Meets The Bachelor.
CHAPTER 116. The Dying Whale.
CHAPTER 117. The Whale Watch.
CHAPTER 118. The Quadrant.
CHAPTER 119. The Candles.
CHAPTER 120. The Deck Towards the End of the First Night Watch.
CHAPTER 121. Midnight.—The Forecastle Bulwarks.
CHAPTER 122. Midnight Aloft.—Thunder and Lightning.
CHAPTER 123. The Musket.
CHAPTER 124. The Needle.
CHAPTER 125. The Log and Line.
CHAPTER 126. The Life-Buoy.
CHAPTER 127. The Deck.
CHAPTER 128. The Pequod Meets The Rachel.
CHAPTER 129. The Cabin.
CHAPTER 130. The Hat.
CHAPTER 131. The Pequod Meets The Delight.
CHAPTER 132. The Symphony.
CHAPTER 133. The Chase—First Day.
book of Maccabees. Meanwhile Ahab half smothered in the foam of the
CHAPTER 134. The Chase—Second Day.
CHAPTER 135. The Chase.—Third Day.
part of the gunwale to which he then clung, Ahab would once more have

Whale - der Wal


ETYMOLOGY - Etymologie, Herkunft, Wortherkunft

(Supplied by a Late Consumptive Usher to a Grammar School.)

Consumptive - schwindschtig

Usher - Platzanweiser Gerichtsdiener zuweisen, anweisen, fhre

Grammar - Grammatik, Sprachlehre, Grammatiktheorie

The pale Usher"threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I see him

threadbare - fadenscheinig

now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer

lexicons - (lexicon) Lexikon, Wortschatz

grammars - (grammar) Grammatik, Sprachlehre, Grammatiktheorie

queer - seltsam unwohl schwul, lesbisch, queer, Queers , Homosexuelle

handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the

handkerchief - Taschentuch

mockingly - spttisch

embellished - (embellish) bereichern, schmcken, verschnern, ausschmcke

known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars; it

somehow mildly reminded him of his mortality.

mildly - sanft, mild

mortality - Sterblichkeit, Mortalitt, Sterbeziffer, Mortalittsziffer

While you take in hand to school others, and to teach them by what

name a whale-fish is to be called in our tongue, leaving out, through

ignorance, the letter H, which almost alone maketh up the

maketh - macht

signification of the word, you deliver that which is not true.

signification - Sinn, Bedeutung


WHALE. * * * Sw. and Dan. _hval_. This animal is named from

Sw - Software, Shareware, KW Kurzwelle

roundness or rolling; for in Dan. _hvalt_ is arched or vaulted.

roundness - Rundheit

arched - (arch) Bogen

vaulted - (vault) sich wlben, berwlben

"_Websters Dictionary._

WHALE. * * * It is more immediately from the Dut. and Ger. _Wallen_;

A.S. _Walw-ian_, to roll, to wallow. "_Richardsons Dictionary._

wallow - im Schmutz wlzen

-ו, _Hebrew_.

Hebrew - hebrisch Hebrer, Hebrerin, Hebrisch

ϰητος, _Greek_.

ϰητος - ?-???

Greek - griechisch Griechisch, griechische Sprache, Grieche, Griechin

CETUS, _Latin_.

Latin - lateinisch, Latein

WHL, _Anglo-Saxon_.


HVALT, _Danish_.

WAL, _Dutch_.

Dutch - niederlndisch, hollndisch, Niederlndisch, Hollndisc

HWAL, _Swedish_.

Swedish - Schwedisch

WHALE, _Icelandic_.

Icelandic - Islndisch

WHALE, _English_.

BALLENA, _Spanish_.

Spanish - spanisch Spanisch Spanier


PEHEE-NUEE-NUEE, _Erromangoan_.

EXTRACTS. (Supplied by a Sub-Sub-Librarian).

Sub - Unter.

Librarian - Bibliothekar, Bibliothekarin, Archivar, Archivarin

It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm of

painstaking - akribisch

burrower - Hhlenforscher

grub - Larve, Wurm, Fressalien, Futter

a poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long

Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random

Vaticans - (Vatican) Vatikan vatikanisch

allusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever,

allusions - (allusion) Anspielung, Allusion

whales - Wale; (whale) Wale

sacred or profane. Therefore you must not, in every case at least,

profane - weltlich profan

take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in

these extracts, for veritable gospel cetology. Far from it. As

veritable - wahrhaftig

gospel - Evangelium

cetology - Walkunde, Walforschung

touching the ancient authors generally, as well as the poets here

appearing, these extracts are solely valuable or entertaining, as

affording a glancing birds eye view of what has been promiscuously

promiscuously - verworrene, verworren

said, thought, fancied, and sung of Leviathan, by many nations and

Leviathan - Leviathan, Meerungeheuer

generations, including our own.

So fare thee well, poor devil of a Sub-Sub, whose commentator I am.

thee - dich, dir

Thou belongest to that hopeless, sallow tribe which no wine of this

Thou - du

belongest - gehren

hopeless - hoffnungslos

sallow - farblos, blsslich, fahl, Salweide, bleich

world will ever warm; and for whom even Pale Sherry would be too

Sherry - Sherry

rosy-strong; but with whom one sometimes loves to sit, and feel

rosy - rosig, rosenfarbig

poor-devilish, too; and grow convivial upon tears; and say to them

devilish - teuflisch

convivial - gastlich, festlich

bluntly, with full eyes and empty glasses, and in not altogether

bluntly - grob, frei heraus, stumpf

unpleasant sadness"Give it up, Sub-Subs! For by how much the more

sadness - Traurigkeit Schicksalsschlag, Pech

Subs - (sub) Unter.

pains ye take to please the world, by so much the more shall ye for

ye - euch, ihr, dir, du

ever go thankless! Would that I could clear out Hampton Court and the

thankless - undankbar

Tuileries for ye! But gulp down your tears and hie aloft to the

gulp - Schluck schlucken schlingen, verschlingen

hie - eilen

aloft - oben, droben

royal-mast with your hearts; for your friends who have gone before

mast - Mast

are clearing out the seven-storied heavens, and making refugees of

clearing out - Entrmpelung

long-pampered Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael, against your coming.

pampered - (pamper) verwhnen, htscheln

Here ye strike but splintered hearts together"there, ye shall strike

splintered - (splinter) Span, Splitter

unsplinterable glasses!

unsplinterable - unsplitterbar


And God created great whales. "_Genesis_.

Genesis - Genese, Genesis

Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep

to be hoary. "_Job_.

hoary - altersgrau, asbach, uralt, ergraut

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.


There go the ships; there is that Leviathan whom thou hast made to

play therein. "_Psalms_.

therein - darin

Psalms - (Psalm) Psalm

In that day, the Lord with his sore, and great, and strong sword,

sore - weh, wund, schmerzend, schmerzhaft

shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that

piercing - Piercing durchdringend, stechend, beien

serpent - Schlange, Serpent

crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

crooked - (to crook) sich krmme

slay - erschlagen

dragon - Drachen, Drache


And what thing soever besides cometh within the chaos of this

soever - auch immer

cometh - (come) Das kann doch nichts schaden

monsters mouth, be it beast, boat, or stone, down it goes all

incontinently that foul great swallow of his, and perisheth in the

incontinently - unmig, unmige

foul - schmutzig

bottomless gulf of his paunch. "_Hollands Plutarchs Morals_.

bottomless - pofrei

gulf - Golf, Meerbusen

paunch - Pansen Wampe, Plauze, Wanst

The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are:

breedeth - brtet

among which the Whales and Whirlpooles called Balaene, take up as

Whirlpooles - Whirlpools

much in length as four acres or arpens of land. "_Hollands Pliny_.

Pliny - Plinius

Scarcely had we proceeded two days on the sea, when about sunrise a

sunrise - Sonnenaufgang

great many Whales and other monsters of the sea, appeared. Among the

former, one was of a most monstrous size.... This came towards us,

monstrous - ungeheuerlich, monstrs, grotesk, monsterhaft, monsterartig

open-mouthed, raising the waves on all sides, and beating the sea

before him into a foam. "_Tookes Lucian_. _The True History_.

foam - Schaum Schaumgummi schumen

He visited this country also with a view of catching horse-whales,

which had bones of very great value for their teeth, of which he

brought some to the king.... The best whales were catched in his own

catched - (catch) Schnappverschluss, Fang, Arretierung

country, of which some were forty-eight, some fifty yards long. He

said that he was one of six who had killed sixty in two days.

"_Other or Others verbal narrative taken down from his mouth by King

Alfred, A.D._ 890.

And whereas all the other things, whether beast or vessel, that

enter into the dreadful gulf of this monsters (whales) mouth, are

dreadful - furchtbar, schrecklich

immediately lost and swallowed up, the sea-gudgeon retires into it in

gudgeon - Zapfen

great security, and there sleeps. "MONTAIGNE. "_Apology for Raimond


Let us fly, let us fly! Old Nick take me if it is not Leviathan

Nick - Kerbe;einschneiden

described by the noble prophet Moses in the life of patient Job.

prophet - Prophet, Prophetin


This whales liver was two cartloads. "_Stowes Annals_.

cartloads - (cartload) Fuhre, Ladung

The great Leviathan that maketh the seas to seethe like boiling

seethe - kochen, sieden, schumen, sprudeln

pan. "_Lord Bacons Version of the Psalms_.

Touching that monstrous bulk of the whale or ork we have received

nothing certain. They grow exceeding fat, insomuch that an incredible

insomuch - dass, dermaen

quantity of oil will be extracted out of one whale. "_Ibid_.

_History of Life and Death_.

The sovereignest thing on earth is parmacetti for an inward bruise.

sovereignest - am souvernsten

inward - innere innen

bruise - Prellung, Bluterguss, blauer Fleck, Druckstelle

"_King Henry_.

Very like a whale. "_Hamlet_.

Hamlet - Weiler, Dorf, Hamletbarsche

Which to secure, no skill of leachs art Mote him availle, but to

Mote - Stubchen

availle - verfgbar

returne againe To his wounds worker, that with lowly dart, Dinting

returne - zurckkehren

againe - wieder

lowly - niedrig, einfach, bescheiden, demtig

dart - Pfeil, Satz

Dinting - (dint) Beule, Einbeulung

his breast, had bred his restless paine, Like as the wounded whale to

restless - unruhig ruhelos, rastlos, checkunruhig

shore flies thro the maine. "_The Fairie Queen_.

Fairie - Fee

Immense as whales, the motion of whose vast bodies can in a peaceful

calm trouble the ocean till it boil. "_Sir William Davenant. Preface

Preface - Vorwort, Vorrede

to Gondibert_.

What spermacetti is, men might justly doubt, since the learned

justly - gerecht

Hosmannus in his work of thirty years, saith plainly, _Nescio quid

plainly - klar

quid - Pfund (Sterling)

sit_. "_Sir T. Browne. Of Sperma Ceti and the Sperma Ceti Whale.

Vide his V. E._

Vide - Video

Like Spencers Talus with his modern flail He threatens ruin with

flail - Flegel, Dreschflegel, Streitflegel, Kriegsflege

his ponderous tail. ... Their fixed javlins in his side he wears,

ponderous - schwerfllig

And on his back a grove of pikes appears. "_Wallers Battle of the

grove - Hain, Gehlz, Wldchen

pikes - (pike) Spitze, Hecht

Summer Islands_.

By art is created that great Leviathan, called a Commonwealth or

Commonwealth - Staatenbund

State"(in Latin, Civitas) which is but an artificial man. "_Opening

sentence of Hobbess Leviathan_.

Silly Mansoul swallowed it without chewing, as if it had been a

chewing - (chew) kauen

sprat in the mouth of a whale. "_Pilgrims Progress_.

sprat - Sprotte

That sea beast Leviathan, which God of all his works Created hugest

that swim the ocean stream. "_Paradise Lost_.

Paradise - Paradies, Himmel

"There Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, in the deep Stretched

like a promontory sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land; and at

promontory - Landzunge

his gills Draws in, and at his breath spouts out a sea. "_Ibid_.

gills - (Gill) Rippe [techn.], Lamelle am Pilz, Kieme

spouts - (spout) Tlle, Ausguss, Schnabel, Auslauf

The mighty whales which swim in a sea of water, and have a sea of

mighty - gewaltig, mchtig

oil swimming in them. "_Fullers Profane and Holy State_.

So close behind some promontory lie The huge Leviathan to attend

their prey, And give no chance, but swallow in the fry, Which through

their gaping jaws mistake the way. "_Drydens Annus Mirabilis_.

jaws - (jaw) Kiefer, Maul

While the whale is floating at the stern of the ship, they cut off

stern - ernst, Heck

his head, and tow it with a boat as near the shore as it will come;

tow - Werg;abschleppen, schleppen

but it will be aground in twelve or thirteen feet water. "_Thomas

aground - gestrandet

Edges Ten Voyages to Spitzbergen, in Purchas_.

Purchas - Einkufe

In their way they saw many whales sporting in the ocean, and in

wantonness fuzzing up the water through their pipes and vents, which

wantonness - Ausgelassenheit, Unbeherrschtheit

fuzzing - (fuzz) Flaum, fusseln, Wuschelkopf

vents - (vent) entlften

nature has placed on their shoulders. "_Sir T. Herberts Voyages

into Asia and Africa. Harris Coll_.

Africa - Afrika

Here they saw such huge troops of whales, that they were forced to

proceed with a great deal of caution for fear they should run their

ship upon them. "_Schoutens Sixth Circumnavigation_.

Circumnavigation - Umfahrung, Umschiffung

We set sail from the Elbe, wind N.E. in the ship called The

Elbe - Elbe

wind - aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

Jonas-in-the-Whale.... Some say the whale cant open his mouth, but

that is a fable.... They frequently climb up the masts to see whether

fable - Fabel fabulieren

masts - (Mast) Mast

they can see a whale, for the first discoverer has a ducat for his

discoverer - Entdecker

ducat - Dukat

pains.... I was told of a whale taken near Shetland, that had above a

barrel of herrings in his belly.... One of our harpooneers told me

herrings - Heringe

belly - Bauch, Magen

harpooneers - (harpooneer) Harpunier

that he caught once a whale in Spitzbergen that was white all over.

"_A Voyage to Greenland, A.D._ 1671. _Harris Coll_.

Several whales have come in upon this coast (Fife) Anno 1652, one

eighty feet in length of the whale-bone kind came in, which (as I was

informed), besides a vast quantity of oil, did afford 500 weight of

baleen. The jaws of it stand for a gate in the garden of Pitferren.

baleen - Barte

"_Sibbalds Fife and Kinross_.

Myself have agreed to try whether I can master and kill this

Sperma-ceti whale, for I could never hear of any of that sort that

was killed by any man, such is his fierceness and swiftness.

fierceness - Grimm, Wildheit

swiftness - Schnelligkeit

"_Richard Straffords Letter from the Bermudas. Phil. Trans. A.D._

Bermudas - (Bermuda) Bermuda


Whales in the sea Gods voice obey. "_N. E. Primer_.

We saw also abundance of large whales, there being more in those

southern seas, as I may say, by a hundred to one; than we have to the

northward of us. "_Captain Cowleys Voyage round the Globe, A.D._

northward - nordwrts


... and the breath of the whale is frequently attended with such an

insupportable smell, as to bring on a disorder of the brain.

insupportable - unertrglich

"_Ulloas South America_.

To fifty chosen sylphs of special note, We trust the important

sylphs - (sylph) Sylphe, Luftgeist, Sylphide

charge, the petticoat. Oft have we known that seven-fold fence to

petticoat - Petticoat Unterrock

fail, Tho stuffed with hoops and armed with ribs of whale. "_Rape

hoops - (hoop) Reifen

ribs - (rib) Rippe (Profil);Drehschiene, Spant, Rippe, Lamelle

of the Lock_.

If we compare land animals in respect to magnitude, with those that

take up their abode in the deep, we shall find they will appear

abode - Aufenthalt, bleiben, Wohnsit

contemptible in the comparison. The whale is doubtless the largest

contemptible - verachtenswrdig, verachtenswert

doubtless - zweifelsfrei, zweifellos

animal in creation. "_Goldsmith, Nat. Hist_.

Goldsmith - Goldschmied, Goldschmiedin, Gold- und Silberschmie

Hist - pst

If you should write a fable for little fishes, you would make them

speak like great whales. "_Goldsmith to Johnson_.

In the afternoon we saw what was supposed to be a rock, but it was

found to be a dead whale, which some Asiatics had killed, and were

Asiatics - (Asiatic) asiatisch

then towing ashore. They seemed to endeavor to conceal themselves

towing - treidelnd, schleppend; (tow) treidelnd, schleppend

ashore - zu Lande, am Land, an die Kste

endeavor - Bemhung, Bestreben, Unternehmen, Unterfangen, checkBestrebung

behind the whale, in order to avoid being seen by us. "_Cooks


The larger whales, they seldom venture to attack. They stand in so

great dread of some of them, that when out at sea they are afraid to

dread - schaudern, grauen, gruseln, grause

mention even their names, and carry dung, lime-stone, juniper-wood,

dung - dngen;Dung

lime - Limette, Kalk, Linde, Lindenholz

juniper - Wacholder

and some other articles of the same nature in their boats, in order

to terrify and prevent their too near approach. "_Uno Von Troils

Letters on Bankss and Solanders Voyage to Iceland in_ 1772.

The Spermacetti Whale found by the Nantuckois, is an active, fierce

animal, and requires vast address and boldness in the fishermen.

boldness - Verwegenheit, Dreistigkeit, Mut

fishermen - (fisherman) Fischer, Fischerin, Angler, Anglerin, Fischereiboot

"_Thomas Jeffersons Whale Memorial to the French minister in_ 1778.

And pray, sir, what in the world is equal to it? "_Edmund Burkes

reference in Parliament to the Nantucket Whale-Fishery_.

Fishery - Fischerei

Spain"a great whale stranded on the shores of Europe. "_Edmund

Burke_. (_somewhere_.)

A tenth branch of the kings ordinary revenue, said to be grounded

tenth - zehnte

grounded - (ground) Masse (elektrisch);Erdboden, Grund, Boden, geschliffen

on the consideration of his guarding and protecting the seas from

pirates and robbers, is the right to _royal_ fish, which are whale

robbers - (robber) Ruber, Ruberin

and sturgeon. And these, when either thrown ashore or caught near the

sturgeon - Str

coast, are the property of the king. "_Blackstone_.

Soon to the sport of death the crews repair: Rodmond unerring oer

unerring - unfehlbar, untrglich

his head suspends The barbed steel, and every turn attends.

barbed - (barb) Widerhaken

"_Falconers Shipwreck_.

Shipwreck - Schiffswrack Schiffbruch

Bright shone the roofs, the domes, the spires, And rockets blew self

domes - (dome) Kuppel,

spires - (spire) Turmspitze, Spitze (Turm-)

driven, To hang their momentary fire Around the vault of heaven.

momentary - vorbergehend

vault - sich wlben, berwlben

So fire with water to compare, The ocean serves on high, Up-spouted

spouted - (spout) Tlle, Ausguss, Schnabel, Auslauf

by a whale in air, To express unwieldy joy. "_Cowper, on the Queens

unwieldy - unhandlich, schwerfllig, sperrig, klobig

Visit to London_.

Ten or fifteen gallons of blood are thrown out of the heart at a

stroke, with immense velocity. "_John Hunters account of the

velocity - Geschwindigkeit Frequenz, Hufigkeit, Umlaufgeschwindigkeit

dissection of a whale_. (_A small sized one_.)

dissection - Prparation, Dissektion

The aorta of a whale is larger in the bore than the main pipe of the

aorta - Hauptschlagader, Aorta

water-works at London Bridge, and the water roaring in its passage

roaring - Gebrll ; (roar) brllen Tosen Brllen Aufheulen

through that pipe is inferior in impetus and velocity to the blood

inferior - untergeordnet, nachgeordnet, unterlegen, tiefer, minderwertig

impetus - Antrieb, Schub, Ansto, Anschub

gushing from the whales heart. "_Paleys Theology_.

gushing - (gush) Schwall, Flut, strmen, herausquellen, schwrmen

The whale is a mammiferous animal without hind feet. "_Baron

mammiferous - sugetierhaft

hind - (hind leg) Hinterbein

Baron - Baron, Freiherr


In 40 degrees south, we saw Spermacetti Whales, but did not take any

till the first of May, the sea being then covered with them.

"_Colnetts Voyage for the Purpose of Extending the Spermaceti Whale

Spermaceti - Walrat , Spermazet


In the free element beneath me swam, Floundered and dived, in play,

Floundered - (flounder) sich abqulen, taumeln, stolper

in chace, in battle, Fishes of every colour, form, and kind; Which

language cannot paint, and mariner Had never seen; from dread

Leviathan To insect millions peopling every wave: Gatherd in shoals

shoals - (shoal) Schar, Untiefe

immense, like floating islands, Led by mysterious instincts through

that waste And trackless region, though on every side Assaulted by

trackless - Gleislos

voracious enemies, Whales, sharks, and monsters, armd in front or

voracious - gefrig, unersttlich, gierig

sharks - (shark) Haifisch, Hai

jaw, With swords, saws, spiral horns, or hooked fangs.

jaw - Kiefer, Maul

saws - Sgen

spiral - Spirale Helix

fangs - (Fang) Fang, Fangzahn

"_Montgomerys World before the Flood_.

Io! Paean! Io! sing. To the finny peoples king. Not a mightier

Paean - Paian

finny - Fisch..., Flossen.

mightier - (mighty) gewaltig, mchtig

whale than this In the vast Atlantic is; Not a fatter fish than he,

Flounders round the Polar Sea. "_Charles Lambs Triumph of the

Flounders - (flounder) sich abqulen, taumeln, stolper

Polar - polar


In the year 1690 some persons were on a high hill observing the

whales spouting and sporting with each other, when one observed:

spouting - herausspritzend; (spout) Tlle, Ausguss, Schnabel, Auslauf

there"pointing to the sea"is a green pasture where our childrens

pasture - Weide weiden

grand-children will go for bread. "_Obed Macys History of


I built a cottage for Susan and myself and made a gateway in the

gateway - Einfahrt, Tor, Zugang, Gateway, Protokollumsetzer

form of a Gothic Arch, by setting up a whales jaw bones.

Gothic - Gotisch Gothic

Arch - Bogen

"_Hawthornes Twice Told Tales_.

She came to bespeak a monument for her first love, who had been

bespeak - besprechen, diskutieren, mitteilen, vorbestellen, arrangieren

killed by a whale in the Pacific ocean, no less than forty years

Pacific - ruhig, still, friedlich

ago. "_Ibid_.

No, Sir, tis a Right Whale, answered Tom; I saw his sprout; he

sprout - sprieen;Schssling

threw up a pair of as pretty rainbows as a Christian would wish to

rainbows - (rainbow) Regenbogen bunt, vielfarbig

look at. Hes a raal oil-butt, that fellow! "_Coopers Pilot_.

butt - stoen;Kippe, Po, Zigarettenstummel;Kippe (sl. Zigarette)

The papers were brought in, and we saw in the Berlin Gazette that

Gazette - Gazette Amtsblatt, Anzeiger

whales had been introduced on the stage there. "_Eckermanns

Conversations with Goethe_.

My God! Mr. Chace, what is the matter? I answered, we have been

stove by a whale. "_Narrative of the Shipwreck of the Whale Ship

stove - einschlagen, Kchenherd, abwehre

Essex of Nantucket, which was attacked and finally destroyed by a

large Sperm Whale in the Pacific Ocean_. _By Owen Chace of

Sperm - Spermium, Samenzelle, Sperma

Nantucket, first mate of said vessel. New York_, 1821.

A mariner sat in the shrouds one night, The wind was piping free;

shrouds - (shroud) Leichentuch, Totenhemd

Now bright, now dimmed, was the moonlight pale, And the phospher

dimmed - (dim) trb;dmmerig, dunkel

moonlight - Mondlicht, Mondschein, Mondenschein

phospher - Phospor

gleamed in the wake of the whale, As it floundered in the sea.

gleamed - (gleam) Schimmer;durchschimmern, glnzen

"_Elizabeth Oakes Smith_.

Smith - Schmidt, Schmied

The quantity of line withdrawn from the boats engaged in the capture

of this one whale, amounted altogether to 10,440 yards or nearly six

English miles....

Sometimes the whale shakes its tremendous tail in the air, which,

cracking like a whip, resounds to the distance of three or four

resounds - (resound) widerhallen

miles. "_Scoresby_.

Mad with the agonies he endures from these fresh attacks, the

agonies - (agony) Agonie, Qual, Pein, Todeskampf, Freudenausbruch

infuriated Sperm Whale rolls over and over; he rears his enormous

infuriated - (infuriate) wtend machen, zur Weiglut bringen

head, and with wide expanded jaws snaps at everything around him; he

rushes at the boats with his head; they are propelled before him with

propelled - (propel) antreiben

vast swiftness, and sometimes utterly destroyed.... It is a matter of

great astonishment that the consideration of the habits of so

astonishment - Staunen, Erstaunen, Verwunderung

interesting, and, in a commercial point of view, so important an

animal (as the Sperm Whale) should have been so entirely neglected,

or should have excited so little curiosity among the numerous, and

many of them competent observers, that of late years, must have

possessed the most abundant and the most convenient opportunities of

abundant - reichlich, wohlhabend

witnessing their habitudes. "_Thomas Beales History of the Sperm

habitudes - (habitude) Veranlagung

Whale_, 1839.

The Cachalot (Sperm Whale) is not only better armed than the True

Whale (Greenland or Right Whale) in possessing a formidable weapon

formidable - respekteinflend, furchteinflend, furchterregend, gewaltig

at either extremity of its body, but also more frequently displays a

extremity - Extremitt, uerstes Ende, uerste, Extremste

disposition to employ these weapons offensively and in manner at once

disposition - Neigung, Gesinnung, Hang, Veranlagung, Einteilung

offensively - angreifend, beleidigend

so artful, bold, and mischievous, as to lead to its being regarded as

artful - geschickt, trickreich

mischievous - boshaft, schdlich, unartig, ungehorsam, dreist

the most dangerous to attack of all the known species of the whale

tribe. "_Frederick Debell Bennetts Whaling Voyage Round the Globe_,

Whaling - Walfang ; (whale) Walfang


October 13. There she blows, was sung out from the mast-head.

Where away? demanded the captain. Three points off the lee bow,

lee - Windschatten, Lee, Schutz

bow - Verneigung (vor), Verbeugung;Bogen, Bug (Schiff

sir. Raise up your wheel. Steady! Steady, sir. Mast-head

ahoy! Do you see that whale now? Ay ay, sir! A shoal of Sperm

ahoy - ahoi Ahoi

shoal - Schar, Untiefe

Whales! There she blows! There she breaches! Sing out! sing out

every time! Ay Ay, sir! There she blows! there"there"_thar_ she

thar - dort

blows"bowes"bo-o-os! How far off? Two miles and a half. Thunder

bowes - Verbeugungen

and lightning! so near! Call all hands. "_J. Ross Brownes Etchings

lightning - Blitz Entladung

Etchings - (etching) tzradierung

of a Whaling Cruize_. 1846.

Cruize - Kreuzen

The Whale-ship Globe, on board of which vessel occurred the horrid

horrid - entsetzlich, grsslich, grulich, grauenvoll

transactions we are about to relate, belonged to the island of

Nantucket. "_Narrative of the Globe Mutiny_, _by Lay and Hussey

Mutiny - Meuterei

survivors. A.D._ 1828.

Being once pursued by a whale which he had wounded, he parried the

parried - (parry) parieren, abwehren

assault for some time with a lance; but the furious monster at length

lance - Lanze Harpune Lanzer Harpune mit Sprenggeschoss

rushed on the boat; himself and comrades only being preserved by

comrades - (Comrade) Kamerad Genosse, Genossin

leaping into the water when they saw the onset was inevitable.

onset - Angriff, Ansturm, checkAnschlag, Anzeichen , Silbenansat

"_Missionary Journal of Tyerman and Bennett_.

Missionary - Missionar, Missionarin, missionarisch

Nantucket itself, said Mr. Webster, is a very striking and

peculiar portion of the National interest. There is a population of

eight or nine thousand persons living here in the sea, adding largely

every year to the National wealth by the boldest and most persevering

persevering - (persevere) ausdauern, ausharren, beharren, durchhalten

industry. "_Report of Daniel Websters Speech in the U. S. Senate,

Senate - Senat

on the application for the Erection of a Breakwater at Nantucket_.

Erection - Errichtung Erektion

Breakwater - Mole, Wellenbrecher, Buhne, Wellenbrecher


The whale fell directly over him, and probably killed him in a

moment. "_The Whale and his Captors, or The Whalemans Adventures

Captors - (captor) Entfhrer Fnger

and the Whales Biography, gathered on the Homeward Cruise of the

Homeward - (homeward journey) Heimfahrt, heimwrts

Commodore Preble_. _By Rev. Henry T. Cheever_.

Commodore - Kommodore, Flottillenadmiral, Flottekapitn

Rev - auf Touren bringen/kommen

If you make the least damn bit of noise, replied Samuel, I will

damn - Verdammt!;tadeln, verurteilen, verdammen, verfluchen

send you to hell. "_Life of Samuel Comstock_ (_the mutineer_), _by

mutineer - Meuterer, Meuterin

his brother, William Comstock. Another Version of the whale-ship

Globe narrative_.

The voyages of the Dutch and English to the Northern Ocean, in

order, if possible, to discover a passage through it to India, though

they failed of their main object, laid-open the haunts of the whale.

laid open - (laid-open) freigelegt

"_McCullochs Commercial Dictionary_.

These things are reciprocal; the ball rebounds, only to bound

reciprocal - gegenseitig, reziprok, entgegengesetzt, umgekehrt, Kehrwert

rebounds - (rebound) zurckprallen;Abprall, Rckprall

forward again; for now in laying open the haunts of the whale, the

laying open - freilegend

whalemen seem to have indirectly hit upon new clews to that same

whalemen - (whaleman) Walfnger

indirectly - indirekt

hit upon - auf etwas stoen

clews - (clew) Knuel

mystic North-West Passage. "_From_ _Something_ _unpublished_.

mystic - mystisch Mystiker, Mystikerin

unpublished - unediert, unverffentlicht

It is impossible to meet a whale-ship on the ocean without being

struck by her near appearance. The vessel under short sail, with

look-outs at the mast-heads, eagerly scanning the wide expanse around

eagerly - eifrig

expanse - Flche, Ausdehnung, Weite

them, has a totally different air from those engaged in regular

voyage. "_Currents and Whaling. U.S. Ex. Ex_.

Pedestrians in the vicinity of London and elsewhere may recollect

vicinity - Nhe Nachbarschaft, Umgebung

recollect - sich erinnern an

having seen large curved bones set upright in the earth, either to

upright - aufrecht hochkant

form arches over gateways, or entrances to alcoves, and they may

arches - (arch) Bogen

gateways - (gateway) Einfahrt, Tor, Zugang, Gateway, Protokollumsetzer

alcoves - (alcove) Alkoven; Alkov

perhaps have been told that these were the ribs of whales. "_Tales

of a Whale Voyager to the Arctic Ocean_.

Voyager - Reisender

It was not till the boats returned from the pursuit of these whales,

that the whites saw their ship in bloody possession of the savages

bloody - blutig, blutbefleckt

savages - (savage) wild, wst, unbebaut, unbndig, rasend

enrolled among the crew. "_Newspaper Account of the Taking and

Retaking of the Whale-Ship Hobomack_.

Retaking - Wiederholung; (retake) wieder nehmen, von Neuem nehme

It is generally well known that out of the crews of Whaling vessels

(American) few ever return in the ships on board of which they

departed. "_Cruise in a Whale Boat_.

Suddenly a mighty mass emerged from the water, and shot up

perpendicularly into the air. It was the whale. "_Miriam Coffin or

perpendicularly - Senkrecht

the Whale Fisherman_.

Fisherman - Fischer, Fischerin, Angler, Anglerin, Fischereiboot

The Whale is harpooned to be sure; but bethink you, how you would

harpooned - (harpoon) Harpune

bethink - besinnen

manage a powerful unbroken colt, with the mere appliance of a rope

unbroken - lckenlos, ungebrochen

colt - Hengstfohlen, mnnlich nnliches Fohle

appliance - Gert, Apparat

tied to the root of his tail. "_A Chapter on Whaling in Ribs and


On one occasion I saw two of these monsters (whales) probably male

and female, slowly swimming, one after the other, within less than a

stones throw of the shore (Terra Del Fuego), over which the beech

Terra - Land

beech - Buche

tree extended its branches. "_Darwins Voyage of a Naturalist_.

Naturalist - Naturforscher, Naturforscherin, Naturalist, Naturalistin

Stern all! exclaimed the mate, as upon turning his head, he saw

exclaimed - (exclaim) ausrufen

the distended jaws of a large Sperm Whale close to the head of the

distended - (distend) ausweiten, dehnen, ausdehnen

boat, threatening it with instant destruction;"Stern all, for your

lives! "_Wharton the Whale Killer_.

Killer - Tter, Tterin, Totschlger, Totschlgerin

So be cheery, my lads, let your hearts never fail, While the bold

cheery - heiter, froh

harpooneer is striking the whale! "_Nantucket Song_.

harpooneer - Harpunier

Oh, the rare old Whale, mid storm and gale In his ocean home will be

mid - mittler

gale - Sturm

A giant in might, where might is right, And King of the boundless

boundless - grenzenlos, unbegrenzt

sea. "_Whale Song_.

CHAPTER 1. Loomings.

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago"never mind how long precisely"having

little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me

purse - Geldbrse, Geldbeutel

on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part

watery - wssrig

of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and

spleen - Milz Groll, Trbsinn

regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about

grim - makaber, grimmig

the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever

damp - feucht Feuchtigkeit ersticken, dmpfen

drizzly - nieselnde

I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and

involuntarily - unfreiwillige, unfreiwillig

bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever

my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral

hypos - (hypo) unter

principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and

methodically knocking peoples hats off"then, I account it high time to

methodically - methodisch, methodische

get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball.

pistol - Pistole, Faustfeuerwaffe, Zndpistole

With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I

quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they

but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other,

cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

cherish - hegen wertschtzen

feelings - Gefhl, Eindruck

There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by

insular - Insel

wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs"commerce surrounds it with her

wharves - (wharf) Kai, Wharf

isles - (isle) Eiland

coral - Koralle

reefs - (reef) Segel reffen;Riff

surf. Right and left, the streets take you waterward. Its extreme

surf - Brandung wellenreiten, surfen

waterward - wasserwrts

downtown is the battery, where that noble mole is washed by waves, and

mole - Spion;Leberfleck, Maulwurf, Mol

cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of

breezes - (breeze) Brise, Hauch

land. Look at the crowds of water-gazers there.

gazers - (gazer) Gaffer

Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon. Go from Corlears

Circumambulate - umschiffen

dreamy - vertrumt, traumhaft, zum Trumen

Sabbath - Sabbat, Schabbat, Schabbes, Sonntag, Hexensabbat, Hexentanz

Hook to Coenties Slip, and from thence, by Whitehall, northward. What

thence - daher

do you see?"Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand

sentinels - (sentinel) Wache, Wachposten, Wchter, Wchterin, Markierung

thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries. Some

mortal - sterblich tdlich Sterblicher, Sterbliche

reveries - (reverie) Trumerei

leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some

pier - Seebrcke, Anlegestelle, Kai, Brckenpfeiler

looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the

bulwarks - (bulwark) Bollwerk Schanzkleid

rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep. But these

rigging - Takelage; (rig) Takelage

seaward - seewrts

peep - (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucke

are all landsmen; of week days pent up in lath and plaster"tied to

landsmen - (landsman) Landbewohner

pent - gefesselt

lath - Latte, Leiste

plaster - Salbe, Creme, Putz, Verputz, Stuck

counters, nailed to benches, clinched to desks. How then is this? Are

clinched - (clinch) Clinch

the green fields gone? What do they here?

But look! here come more crowds, pacing straight for the water, and

seemingly bound for a dive. Strange! Nothing will content them but the

content - (to be content with) sich mit etwas begngen

extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder

loitering - trdelnd; (loiter) rumlungern, rumhngen, herumhngen, abhngen

shady - schattig schattenspendend, Schatten, zwielichtig

yonder - dort drben

warehouses will not suffice. No. They must get just as nigh the water

suffice - ausreichen, gengen, genug sein, zufriedenstellen

nigh - nahe, nah bei, beinahe, nahezu

as they possibly can without falling in. And there they stand"miles of

them"leagues. Inlanders all, they come from lanes and alleys, streets

Inlanders - (inlander) Inselbewohner

alleys - (alley) Allee, Bahn, Weg, Gasse, Pfad

and avenues"north, east, south, and west. Yet here they all unite. Tell

avenues - (avenue) Allee

me, does the magnetic virtue of the needles of the compasses of all

compasses - (compass) Kompass

those ships attract them thither?

thither - dorthin, dahin

Once more. Say you are in the country; in some high land of lakes. Take

almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a

dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in

it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest

reveries"stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will

infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region.

infallibly - fehlerfrei

Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this

athirst - durstig

experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical

caravan - Karawane Wohnwagen, Caravan

metaphysical - metaphysisch

professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for

wedded - (wed) trauen, verheiraten, vermhlen, zur Frau nehmen


But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest,

dreamiest - (dreamy) vertrumt, traumhaft, zum Trumen

shadiest - (shady) schattig schattenspendend, Schatten, zwielichtig

quietest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape in all the valley

enchanting - (enchant) verzaubern

of the Saco. What is the chief element he employs? There stand his

trees, each with a hollow trunk, as if a hermit and a crucifix were

trunk - Stamm, Baumstamm, Koffer, Truhe, Schrankkoffer

hermit - Einsiedler, Eremit, Klausner

crucifix - Kruzifix

within; and here sleeps his meadow, and there sleep his cattle; and up

meadow - Wiese, Weide, Aue

from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke. Deep into distant woodlands

sleepy - schlfrig verschlafen

woodlands - (woodland) Wald

winds a mazy way, reaching to overlapping spurs of mountains bathed in

winds - (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

mazy - wirr, labyrinthisch

overlapping - (overlap) berlappen, berlagern, berdecken, hinausragen be

spurs - (spur) anspornen, ankurbeln (Wirtsch.), beflgeln;Anspor

their hill-side blue. But though the picture lies thus tranced, and

tranced - (trance) Trance

though this pine-tree shakes down its sighs like leaves upon this

pine - pineapple = Ananasa

shepherds head, yet all were vain, unless the shepherds eye were

vain - eitel unntzlich

fixed upon the magic stream before him. Go visit the Prairies in June,

Prairies - (prairie) Prrie

when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee-deep among

wade - waten

Tiger-lilies"what is the one charm wanting?"Water"there is not a drop

Tiger - Tiger

lilies - (lily) Lilie

of water there! Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel

cataract - Katarakt, Grauer Star

your thousand miles to see it? Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon

suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy

him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian

pedestrian - Fugnger-, Fu-

trip to Rockaway Beach? Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a

robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea?

Why upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a

mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out

mystical - mystisch

vibration - Vibration, Schwingung

of sight of land? Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did

Persians - (Persian) persisch;Perser

the Greeks give it a separate deity, and own brother of Jove? Surely

Greeks - (Greek) griechisch Griechisch, griechische Sprache, Griech

deity - Gott, Gottheit

all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that

story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild

Narcissus - Narzisse

tormenting - schikanierend, peinigend; (torment) Qual qulen, peinigen

image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that

fountain - Springbrunnen Fontne

same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image

of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

ungraspable - unfassbar

phantom - Phantom

Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea whenever I begin

to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my

hazy - dunstig, diesig, trb, getrbt

lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a

passenger. For to go as a passenger you must needs have a purse, and a

purse is but a rag unless you have something in it. Besides, passengers

rag - Fummel, Lumpen, Putzlappen, Unfug

get sea-sick"grow quarrelsome"dont sleep of nights"do not enjoy

quarrelsome - streitschtig, znkisch, unvertrglich, zankschtig

themselves much, as a general thing;"no, I never go as a passenger;

nor, though I am something of a salt, do I ever go to sea as a

Commodore, or a Captain, or a Cook. I abandon the glory and distinction

of such offices to those who like them. For my part, I abominate all

abominate - verabscheuen

honorable respectable toils, trials, and tribulations of every kind

honorable - ehrbar

respectable - angesehen, geachtet

toils - (toil) Mhe schuften, sich plagen, sich qulen, roboten

tribulations - (tribulation) Trbsal, Drangsal

whatsoever. It is quite as much as I can do to take care of myself,

without taking care of ships, barques, brigs, schooners, and what not.

barques - (barque) Barke

schooners - (schooner) Schoner

And as for going as cook,"though I confess there is considerable glory

in that, a cook being a sort of officer on ship-board"yet, somehow, I

never fancied broiling fowls;"though once broiled, judiciously

broiling - (broil) grillen

fowls - (fowl) Geflgel

broiled - (broil) grillen

judiciously - umsichtig, vernnftig, verstndig

buttered, and judgmatically salted and peppered, there is no one who

buttered - (butter) mit Butter bestreichen;Butter;aufpuffern (aufschweien)

judgmatically - verurteilend

will speak more respectfully, not to say reverentially, of a broiled

respectfully - respektvoll

reverentially - ehrerbietige, ehrerbietig

fowl than I will. It is out of the idolatrous dotings of the old

fowl - Geflgel

idolatrous - gtzendienerisch

dotings - (doting) vernarrt

Egyptians upon broiled ibis and roasted river horse, that you see the

ibis - Ibis

roasted - (roast) braten rsten Braten gebraten

mummies of those creatures in their huge bake-houses the pyramids.

mummies - (mummy) Mumie, Mutti;Mama, Mami, Mutti

pyramids - (pyramid) Pyramide

No, when I go to sea, I go as a simple sailor, right before the mast,

plumb down into the forecastle, aloft there to the royal mast-head.

plumb - lotrecht;loten

forecastle - Vorschiff, Bugkastell

True, they rather order me about some, and make me jump from spar to

spar - Sparring;Holm (Tragflche);Holm (Rotorblatt);boxen

spar, like a grasshopper in a May meadow. And at first, this sort of

grasshopper - Heuschrecke, Grashpfer

thing is unpleasant enough. It touches ones sense of honor,

particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the

Van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hardicanutes. And more than all, if

just previous to putting your hand into the tar-pot, you have been

tar - teeren;Teer

lording it as a country schoolmaster, making the tallest boys stand in

schoolmaster - Schulmeister

awe of you. The transition is a keen one, I assure you, from a

awe - Ehrfurcht Staunen einschchtern

schoolmaster to a sailor, and requires a strong decoction of Seneca and

decoction - Abkochung, Dekokt

the Stoics to enable you to grin and bear it. But even this wears off

Stoics - (Stoic) Stoiker stoisch

in time.

What of it, if some old hunks of a sea-captain orders me to get a broom

hunks - Brocken; (hunk) Brocken

broom - Auskehrer, Besen

and sweep down the decks? What does that indignity amount to, weighed,

indignity - Entwrdigung

I mean, in the scales of the New Testament? Do you think the archangel

Testament - Testament, Letzter Wille

archangel - Erzengel

Gabriel thinks anything the less of me, because I promptly and

promptly - bereit

respectfully obey that old hunks in that particular instance? Who aint

a slave? Tell me that. Well, then, however the old sea-captains may

order me about"however they may thump and punch me about, I have the

thump - dumpfer Schlag

satisfaction of knowing that it is all right; that everybody else is

one way or other served in much the same way"either in a physical or

metaphysical point of view, that is; and so the universal thump is

passed round, and all hands should rub each others shoulder-blades,

and be content.

Again, I always go to sea as a sailor, because they make a point of

paying me for my trouble, whereas they never pay passengers a single

penny that I ever heard of. On the contrary, passengers themselves must

pay. And there is all the difference in the world between paying and

being paid. The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable

most uncomfortable - unbequemste

infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. But _being

infliction - Zufgung

orchard - Obstgarten, Obstwiese, Obstbaum

entailed - (entail) nach sich ziehen

paid_,"what will compare with it? The urbane activity with which a man

urbane - weltgewandt, weltmnnisch

receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly

marvellous - wunderbar, wundersam

earnestly - ernsthaft

believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no

earthly - weltlich

account can a monied man enter heaven. Ah! how cheerfully we consign

monied - Geld

cheerfully - frhlich, vergngt, heiter

consign - bergeben, verladen

ourselves to perdition!

perdition - ewige Hlle

Finally, I always go to sea as a sailor, because of the wholesome

wholesome - gesund, heilsam, gesundheitsfrdernd, gesundheitsfrderlich

exercise and pure air of the fore-castle deck. For as in this world,

fore - vorn

head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if

prevalent - vorherrschend,

astern - achtern achterlich

you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the

Pythagorean - Pythagoreer, Pythagoreerin,

maxim - Grundsatz, Sprichwort, Lebensweisheit

Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from

the sailors on the forecastle. He thinks he breathes it first; but not

so. In much the same way do the commonalty lead their leaders in many

commonalty - Allgemeinheit

other things, at the same time that the leaders little suspect it. But

wherefore it was that after having repeatedly smelt the sea as a

wherefore - warum, weswegen, wofr

repeatedly - wiederholt

merchant sailor, I should now take it into my head to go on a whaling

voyage; this the invisible police officer of the Fates, who has the

constant surveillance of me, and secretly dogs me, and influences me in

secretly - heimlich, insgeheim

some unaccountable way"he can better answer than any one else. And,

unaccountable - unverantwortlich, unerklrlich

doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand

programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago. It came in

as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive

interlude - Zwischenspiel

performances. I take it that this part of the bill must have run

something like this:

_Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States._


Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the

Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when

shabby - schbig

others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short

and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces"though I

genteel - hflich

jolly - vergngt, lustig

farces - (farce) Posse

cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the

circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives

which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced

cunningly - schlau

disguises - (disguise) Verkleidung Tarnung verstellen

me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the

cajoling - (cajole) beschwatzen

delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill

delusion - Tuschung, Irrefhrung, Wahn, Wahnvorstellung

unbiased - (unbias) unvoreingenommen

freewill - freier Wille

and discriminating judgment.

discriminating - (discriminate) diskriminieren

judgment - Urteil Urteilsvermgen Beurteilung Richtspruch, Richterspruc

Chief among these motives was the overwhelming idea of the great whale

himself. Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my

portentous - unheildrohend, bedeutungsschwer, hochtrabend, wichtigtuerisch

roused - (rouse) wachrufen, wecken

curiosity. Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island

bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all

undeliverable - nicht lieferbar

nameless - namenlos

perils - (peril) Gefahr, Risiko

the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds,

marvels - (marvel) wundern

Patagonian - Patagonisch

helped to sway me to my wish. With other men, perhaps, such things

sway - Schwingen, Schwenken, Hin- und Herschwingen, Mitschwinge

would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an

inducements - (inducement) Veranlassung

tormented - (torment) Qual qulen, peinigen

everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and

everlasting - ewig endlos

itch - jucken, Juckreiz

land on barbarous coasts. Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to

barbarous - barbarisch, grausam

perceive a horror, and could still be social with it"would they let

me"since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of

the place one lodges in.

lodges - (lodge) Lodge Loge Biberburg feststecken, festklemme

By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was welcome; the

great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild

conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into

conceits - (conceit) Eingebung Einbildung Konzept

swayed - (sway) Schwingen, Schwenken, Hin- und Herschwingen, Mitschwinge

my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, mid most of them

inmost - innerst

processions - (procession) Prozession, Umzug

all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.

hooded - (hood) Motorhaube;Khlerhaube;Kapuze, Haube

CHAPTER 2. The Carpet-Bag.

I stuffed a shirt or two into my old carpet-bag, tucked it under my

tucked - (tuck) zurckstreifen, einklemmen;Bundfalte

arm, and started for Cape Horn and the Pacific. Quitting the good city

Cape - Umhang, Kap

of old Manhatto, I duly arrived in New Bedford. It was a Saturday night

duly - gebhrend, ordnungsgem, pnktlich

in December. Much was I disappointed upon learning that the little

packet for Nantucket had already sailed, and that no way of reaching

that place would offer, till the following Monday.

As most young candidates for the pains and penalties of whaling stop at

this same New Bedford, thence to embark on their voyage, it may as well

be related that I, for one, had no idea of so doing. For my mind was

made up to sail in no other than a Nantucket craft, because there was a

fine, boisterous something about everything connected with that famous

boisterous - ungestm, ausgelassen, lebendig, lebhaft

old island, which amazingly pleased me. Besides though New Bedford has

amazingly - erstaunlich, erstaunlicherweise

of late been gradually monopolising the business of whaling, and though

monopolising - (monopolise) monopolisieren

in this matter poor old Nantucket is now much behind her, yet Nantucket

was her great original"the Tyre of this Carthage;"the place where the

Carthage - Karthago

first dead American whale was stranded. Where else but from Nantucket

did those aboriginal whalemen, the Red-Men, first sally out in canoes

aboriginal - eingeboren, einheimisch

sally - aufbrechen

canoes - (canoe) Kanu, Kanadier, paddeln

to give chase to the Leviathan? And where but from Nantucket, too, did

that first adventurous little sloop put forth, partly laden with

adventurous - abenteuerlustig, abenteuerdurstig, abenteuerhungri

sloop - Slup, Schaluppe

laden - beladen, belastet, schwer; (lade) beladen, belastet, schwer

imported cobblestones"so goes the story"to throw at the whales, in

cobblestones - (cobblestone) Katzenkopf, Katzenkopfpflasterstein

order to discover when they were nigh enough to risk a harpoon from the

harpoon - Harpune


bowsprit - Bugspriet

Now having a night, a day, and still another night following before me

in New Bedford, ere I could embark for my destined port, it became a

ere - bevor, ehe

destined - (destine) bestimmen, vorbestimmen

matter of concernment where I was to eat and sleep meanwhile. It was a

concernment - Betroffenheit

very dubious-looking, nay, a very dark and dismal night, bitingly cold

dubious - dubios, fragwrdig, omins, zwielichtig, unsicher

dismal - unzureichend, unzulnglich, jmmerlich, klglich

bitingly - bissig

and cheerless. I knew no one in the place. With anxious grapnels I had

cheerless - freudlos, trostlos

sounded my pocket, and only brought up a few pieces of silver,"So,

wherever you go, Ishmael, said I to myself, as I stood in the middle of

a dreary street shouldering my bag, and comparing the gloom towards the

dreary - de, trostlos, trb, freudlos

gloom - Dsternis, Dunkelheit, Trbnis, Schwermut, Melancholi

north with the darkness towards the south"wherever in your wisdom you

may conclude to lodge for the night, my dear Ishmael, be sure to

lodge - Lodge Loge Biberburg feststecken, festklemmen, beherbergen,

inquire the price, and dont be too particular.

inquire - erkundigen

With halting steps I paced the streets, and passed the sign of The

Crossed Harpoons"but it looked too expensive and jolly there. Further

on, from the bright red windows of the Sword-Fish Inn, there came

Inn - Herberge

such fervent rays, that it seemed to have melted the packed snow and

fervent - inbrnstig glhend glhend (1 2) checkinbrnstig (1

packed snow - festgefahrener Schnee

ice from before the house, for everywhere else the congealed frost lay

congealed - (congeal) erstarren gerinnen, koagulieren

frost - Reif Frost glasieren

ten inches thick in a hard, asphaltic pavement,"rather weary for me,

asphaltic - asphaltierte

pavement - Asphalt, Pflaster

weary - mde

when I struck my foot against the flinty projections, because from

flinty - feuersteinartig, feuersteinhaltig, Feuerstein-, Kiesel

hard, remorseless service the soles of my boots were in a most

remorseless - unbarmherzig, hartherzig

miserable plight. Too expensive and jolly, again thought I, pausing one

plight - sich verloben;Misere, schlimmer Zustand, Verlobung

moment to watch the broad glare in the street, and hear the sounds of

glare - Blendung entrstetes Starren missbilligend anstarren

the tinkling glasses within. But go on, Ishmael, said I at last; dont

tinkling - (tinkle) klingeln, klimpern, bimmeln; (tinkle) klingel

you hear? get away from before the door; your patched boots are

stopping the way. So on I went. I now by instinct followed the streets

that took me waterward, for there, doubtless, were the cheapest, if not

the cheeriest inns.

cheeriest - (cheery) heiter, froh

inns - (inn) Herberge

Such dreary streets! blocks of blackness, not houses, on either hand,

blackness - Schwrze

and here and there a candle, like a candle moving about in a tomb. At

tomb - Grabmal, Gruft

this hour of the night, of the last day of the week, that quarter of

the town proved all but deserted. But presently I came to a smoky light

smoky - verraucht, qualmend, rauchig

proceeding from a low, wide building, the door of which stood

invitingly open. It had a careless look, as if it were meant for the

invitingly - verlockend

uses of the public; so, entering, the first thing I did was to stumble

over an ash-box in the porch. Ha! thought I, ha, as the flying

porch - Vorbau, Vordach, Veranda

Ha - Das war jetzt aber ernst!

particles almost choked me, are these ashes from that destroyed city,

particles - (particle) Teilchen, Partikel , Partikel , Redeteilchen

choked - (choke) erwrgen, erdrosseln, ersticken, berwltigen

Gomorrah? But The Crossed Harpoons, and The Sword-Fish?"this, then

Gomorrah - Gomorrha, Gomorra, Gomorrhah

Harpoons - (harpoon) Harpune

must needs be the sign of The Trap. However, I picked myself up and

hearing a loud voice within, pushed on and opened a second, interior


It seemed the great Black Parliament sitting in Tophet. A hundred black

faces turned round in their rows to peer; and beyond, a black Angel of

rows - (row) Reihe, Zeile

Doom was beating a book in a pulpit. It was a negro church; and the

Doom - Bann Urteil, Verbannung, Strafe, Untergang, Tod, Schicksal

pulpit - Kanzel; i ot or just slightly raised

negro - schwarz Neger

preachers text was about the blackness of darkness, and the weeping

and wailing and teeth-gnashing there. Ha, Ishmael, muttered I, backing

wailing - (to wail) jammern, wehklagen, klagen; (wail) (to wail) jammer

gnashing - (gnash) knirschen

muttered - (mutter) murmeln

out, Wretched entertainment at the sign of The Trap!

Wretched - sehr schlecht, miserabel, wertlos

Moving on, I at last came to a dim sort of light not far from the

dim - trb;dmmerig, dunkel

docks, and heard a forlorn creaking in the air; and looking up, saw a

docks - (dock) Hafenbecken;docken, andocken;Dock, Anklagebank

forlorn - verlassen aussichtslos, hoffnungslos

creaking - (creak) Knarren, Quietschen

swinging sign over the door with a white painting upon it, faintly

sign over - berschreiben

faintly - kaum, schwach, entfernt, leicht

representing a tall straight jet of misty spray, and these words

misty - neblig, nebelhaft

spray - Sprhwasser, Gischt;bestuben (bestubt), sprhen, spritzen

underneath"The Spouter Inn:"Peter Coffin.

underneath - unten unterhalb

Spouter - Ölquelle

Peter - Peter Petrus (Der 1./2. Brief des) Petrus, checkPetr

Coffin?"Spouter?"Rather ominous in that particular connexion, thought

ominous - omins, ahnungsvoll, schicksalschwer, unheilschwange

connexion - Verbindung;Anbindung, Verbindung

I. But it is a common name in Nantucket, they say, and I suppose this

Peter here is an emigrant from there. As the light looked so dim, and

emigrant - Auswanderer, Auswanderin, Emigrant, Emigrantin

the place, for the time, looked quiet enough, and the dilapidated

dilapidated - (dilapidate) ruinieren

little wooden house itself looked as if it might have been carted here

carted - (cart) Pferdewagen, Wagen, Karren

from the ruins of some burnt district, and as the swinging sign had a

poverty-stricken sort of creak to it, I thought that here was the very

creak - Knarren, Quietschen

spot for cheap lodgings, and the best of pea coffee.

lodgings - (lodging) Unterkunft

pea - Erbse

It was a queer sort of place"a gable-ended old house, one side palsied

gable - Giebel, Gabel

palsied - (palsy) Ohnmacht, Lhmung

as it were, and leaning over sadly. It stood on a sharp bleak corner,

bleak - kahl, de, Laube (Fischart)

where that tempestuous wind Euroclydon kept up a worse howling than

tempestuous - strmisch

howling - brllen, heulen, niederschreien; (howl) Heulen, jaulen

ever it did about poor Pauls tossed craft. Euroclydon, nevertheless,

is a mighty pleasant zephyr to any one in-doors, with his feet on the

zephyr - Zephir

hob quietly toasting for bed. In judging of that tempestuous wind

hob - Frser (Wlzfrsen), Wlzfrser

called Euroclydon, says an old writer"of whose works I possess the

only copy extant"it maketh a marvellous difference, whether thou

extant - existent, bestehend, vorhanden, berlebend

lookest out at it from a glass window where the frost is all on the

lookest - (look) Blick, siehe

outside, or whether thou observest it from that sashless window, where

observest - beobachten

sashless - saseless

the frost is on both sides, and of which the wight Death is the only

glazier. True enough, thought I, as this passage occurred to my

glazier - Glaser; (glazy) Glaser

mind"old black-letter, thou reasonest well. Yes, these eyes are

reasonest - am vernnftigsten

windows, and this body of mine is the house. What a pity they didnt

stop up the chinks and the crannies though, and thrust in a little lint

stop up - zustopfen

chinks - (Chink) Spalte, Ritze, Spalt;klimpern, klirren

crannies - (cranny) Spalt, Versteck

thrust - Sto, Stich, Vorsto, Schub, Schubkraft

lint - Papierstau, Fussel, Mull

here and there. But its too late to make any improvements now. The

universe is finished; the copestone is on, and the chips were carted

copestone - Kopierstein

off a million years ago. Poor Lazarus there, chattering his teeth

chattering - plappernd, schnatternd; (chatter) plappernd, schnatternd

against the curbstone for his pillow, and shaking off his tatters with

curbstone - Randstein, Bordstein

pillow - Kopfkissen, Kissen; Ruhekissen

shaking off - abschttelnd

tatters - (tatter) zerfetzen, zerfleddern, zerfledern;Lumpen, Fetzen

his shiverings, he might plug up both ears with rags, and put a

shiverings - (shivering) schlotternde, schlotternd, schaudernd

rags - (rag) Fummel, Lumpen, Putzlappen, Unfug

corn-cob into his mouth, and yet that would not keep out the

corn - Mais;Korn, Getreide, Hhnerauge

cob - mnnlicher Schwan

tempestuous Euroclydon. Euroclydon! says old Dives, in his red silken

silken - seiden

wrapper"(he had a redder one afterwards) pooh, pooh! What a fine frosty

frosty - frostig

night; how Orion glitters; what northern lights! Let them talk of their

glitters - (glitter) Glitter glitzern

oriental summer climes of everlasting conservatories; give me the

oriental - orientalisch, Orientale, stlich

climes - (clime) Gegend

conservatories - (conservatory) Konservatorium, Gewchshaus

privilege of making my own summer with my own coals.

But what thinks Lazarus? Can he warm his blue hands by holding them up

to the grand northern lights? Would not Lazarus rather be in Sumatra

than here? Would he not far rather lay him down lengthwise along the

lengthwise - der Lnge nach, lngsgerichtet, lngs

line of the equator; yea, ye gods! go down to the fiery pit itself, in

equator - quator, Linie

fiery - feurig, Feuer

order to keep out this frost?

Now, that Lazarus should lie stranded there on the curbstone before the

door of Dives, this is more wonderful than that an iceberg should be

more wonderful - wunderbarere

iceberg - Eisberg

moored to one of the Moluccas. Yet Dives himself, he too lives like a

moored - (moor) verankern;Moor

Moluccas - (Molucca) Molukken

Czar in an ice palace made of frozen sighs, and being a president of a

Czar - Zar

temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans.

temperance - Migung, Enthaltsamkeit, Migkeit im Alkoholgenuss, Temperenz

tepid - lauwarm

orphans - (orphan) Waise,

But no more of this blubbering now, we are going a-whaling, and there

blubbering - (blubber) Speck, Blubber, Walspeck

is plenty of that yet to come. Let us scrape the ice from our frosted

scrape - abkratzen, schaben, scharren

frosted - mattiert;bereift; (frost) Reif Frost glasieren

feet, and see what sort of a place this Spouter may be.

CHAPTER 3. The Spouter-Inn.

Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide,

low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of

straggling - umherstreifend; (straggle) abweichen, abschweifen, umherwander

wainscots - (wainscot) verkleiden

the bulwarks of some condemned old craft. On one side hung a very large

oilpainting so thoroughly besmoked, and every way defaced, that in the

oilpainting - lgemlde

besmoked - (besmoke) rauchen

defaced - (deface) verunstalten, entstellen

unequal crosslights by which you viewed it, it was only by diligent

unequal - ungleich

crosslights - (crosslight) Flutlicht

diligent - fleiig, arbeitsam, eifrig, sorgfltig

study and a series of systematic visits to it, and careful inquiry of

inquiry - Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung, Erforschung

the neighbors, that you could any way arrive at an understanding of its

purpose. Such unaccountable masses of shades and shadows, that at first

you almost thought some ambitious young artist, in the time of the New

England hags, had endeavored to delineate chaos bewitched. But by dint

hags - (hag) altes Weib, Hexe

endeavored - (endeavor) Bemhung, Bestreben, Unternehmen, Unterfange

delineate - umreien skizzieren schildern abgrenzen

bewitched - (bewitch) verhexen

dint - Beule, Einbeulung

of much and earnest contemplation, and oft repeated ponderings, and

contemplation - Betrachtung Meditation Erwarten

ponderings - Grbeleien

especially by throwing open the little window towards the back of the

entry, you at last come to the conclusion that such an idea, however

wild, might not be altogether unwarranted.

unwarranted - unberechtigt, unbefugt, ungerechtfertigt, unbegrndet

But what most puzzled and confounded you was a long, limber,

confounded - (confound) verwirren verschlimmern, verschlechtern, besiege

limber - locker, biegsam

portentous, black mass of something hovering in the centre of the

hovering - (hover) rtteln verweilen zgern bewegen

picture over three blue, dim, perpendicular lines floating in a

perpendicular - rechtwinklig; lotrecht, senkrecht, perpendikular, perpendikul

nameless yeast. A boggy, soggy, squitchy picture truly, enough to drive

yeast - Hefe, Hefepilz, orthern Germany, Gischt

boggy - sumpfig

soggy - durchnsst, feucht, durchweicht, pampig

squitchy - Zickig

a nervous man distracted. Yet was there a sort of indefinite,

indefinite - unbestimmt

half-attained, unimaginable sublimity about it that fairly froze you to

unimaginable - unvorstellbar

sublimity - Erhabenheit

it, till you involuntarily took an oath with yourself to find out what

oath - Eid, Schwur, Fluch, erman:

that marvellous painting meant. Ever and anon a bright, but, alas,

alas - leider [Gottes]; (ala) leider [Gottes]

deceptive idea would dart you through."Its the Black Sea in a midnight

deceptive - betrgerisch, irrefhrend

gale."Its the unnatural combat of the four primal elements."Its a

unnatural - unnatrlich, widernatrlich

primal - hauptschlich

blasted heath."Its a Hyperborean winter scene."Its the breaking-up of

Hyperborean - Hyperboreisch

the icebound stream of Time. But at last all these fancies yielded to

icebound - eingefroren, zugefroren

that one portentous something in the pictures midst. _That_ once found

out, and all the rest were plain. But stop; does it not bear a faint

faint - leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmchtig werden

resemblance to a gigantic fish? even the great leviathan himself?

resemblance - hnlichkeit

gigantic - gigantisch, kolossal

In fact, the artists design seemed this: a final theory of my own,

partly based upon the aggregated opinions of many aged persons with

aggregated - (aggregate) Anhufung, Ansammlung, Aggregation

whom I conversed upon the subject. The picture represents a Cape-Horner

conversed - (converse) Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its

weltering - (welter) rollen

three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale,

dismantled - (dismantle) entmanteln abwracken, ausschlachten, demontiere

exasperated - (exasperate) verrgern, aufbringen, auf die Palme bringen

purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of

impaling himself upon the three mast-heads.

impaling - (impale) pfhlen, erstechen, aufspieen

The opposite wall of this entry was hung all over with a heathenish

heathenish - heidnische

array of monstrous clubs and spears. Some were thickly set with

spears - (spear) Speer, Lanze (Wurflanze);aufspieen, spiee

thickly - dick

glittering teeth resembling ivory saws; others were tufted with knots

glittering - glitzernd, funkelnd; (glitter) Glitter glitzern

ivory - Elfenbein, Elfenbeinfarbe, elfenbeinern, Elfenbein

tufted - (tuft) Bschel, Tuff

knots - (knot) Knoten, Knuel

of human hair; and one was sickle-shaped, with a vast handle sweeping

sickle - Sichel

round like the segment made in the new-mown grass by a long-armed

mown - mht, gemht, mhen; (mow) mht, gemht, mhen

mower. You shuddered as you gazed, and wondered what monstrous cannibal

mower - Mhmaschine Mher

shuddered - (shudder) Schauder (wohliger) Schauder schaudern zittern

cannibal - Kannibale, emale

and savage could ever have gone a death-harvesting with such a hacking,

savage - wild, wst, unbebaut, unbndig, rasend

hacking - hackend; (hack) hackend

horrifying implement. Mixed with these were rusty old whaling lances

horrifying - (horrify) entsetzen, erschrecken, schockieren

rusty - rostig, verrostet

lances - (lance) Lanze Harpune Lanzer Harpune mit Sprenggeschoss

and harpoons all broken and deformed. Some were storied weapons. With

deformed - (deform) verformen, entstellen

this once long lance, now wildly elbowed, fifty years ago did Nathan

wildly - wild

Swain kill fifteen whales between a sunrise and a sunset. And that

sunset - Sonnenuntergang Lebensabend

harpoon"so like a corkscrew now"was flung in Javan seas, and run away

corkscrew - Korkenzieher

flung - (fling) Affre (Liebesaffre)

with by a whale, years afterwards slain off the Cape of Blanco. The

slain - (slay) erschlagen

original iron entered nigh the tail, and, like a restless needle

sojourning in the body of a man, travelled full forty feet, and at last

sojourning - aufhaltend; (sojourn) Aufenthalt Unterkunft, Obdac

was found imbedded in the hump.

imbedded - (imbed) einschlieen, einbetten

hump - Hgel Buckel Hcker bumsen

Crossing this dusky entry, and on through yon low-arched way"cut

dusky - dster

through what in old times must have been a great central chimney with

chimney - Kamin, Esse, Schlot, Schornstein, Spalte

fireplaces all round"you enter the public room. A still duskier place

fireplaces - (fireplace) Kamin, Feuerstelle, Herd

duskier - (dusky) dster

is this, with such low ponderous beams above, and such old wrinkled

wrinkled - (wrinkle) sich runzeln, runzlig (runzelig) werden, knittern

planks beneath, that you would almost fancy you trod some old crafts

planks - (plank) Planke Schwerpunkt

trod - schritt, zertrat, trat; (tread) schritt, zertrat, trat

cockpits, especially of such a howling night, when this corner-anchored

cockpits - (cockpit) Cockpit, Pilotenkanzel

old ark rocked so furiously. On one side stood a long, low, shelf-like

ark - Arche

furiously - wtend, heftig

table covered with cracked glass cases, filled with dusty rarities

dusty - staubig

rarities - (rarity) Seltenheit, Raritt

gathered from this wide worlds remotest nooks. Projecting from the

nooks - (nook) Nische, Alkoven, stiller Winkel, Rckzugsort

further angle of the room stands a dark-looking den"the bar"a rude

den - Hhle

attempt at a right whales head. Be that how it may, there stands the

vast arched bone of the whales jaw, so wide, a coach might almost

drive beneath it. Within are shabby shelves, ranged round with old

decanters, bottles, flasks; and in those jaws of swift destruction,

decanters - (decanter) Dekanter

flasks - (flask) Flasche Flachmann, Taschenflasche, Kolben, Flakon

swift - schnell Segler Garnwinde

like another cursed Jonah (by which name indeed they called him),

cursed - verflucht, verfluchte; (curs) verflucht, verfluchte

bustles a little withered old man, who, for their money, dearly sells

bustles - (bustle) Hektik hasten

withered - (wither) welken, verblhen, verdorren

the sailors deliriums and death.

deliriums - (delirium) Delirium, Fieberphantasie, Taumel

Abominable are the tumblers into which he pours his poison. Though true

Abominable - verabscheuungswrdig, verhasst, abscheulich, riesig, monstrs

tumblers - (tumbler) Trinkglas, Tumbler, Glasbecher, Tmmler

cylinders without"within, the villanous green goggling glasses

cylinders - (cylinder) Zylinder, Brennkammer, Rolle

villanous - schurkisch

goggling - (goggle) glotzen

deceitfully tapered downwards to a cheating bottom. Parallel meridians

deceitfully - betrgerisch, betrgerische

tapered - (taper) abdrehen (konisch), zuspitzen, spitz zulaufen

meridians - (meridian) Meridian

rudely pecked into the glass, surround these footpads goblets. Fill to

rudely - grob, unanstndig

goblets - (goblet) Kelch

_this_ mark, and your charge is but a penny; to _this_ a penny more;

and so on to the full glass"the Cape Horn measure, which you may gulp

down for a shilling.

shilling - Schillin

Upon entering the place I found a number of young seamen gathered about

seamen - (seaman) Matrose

a table, examining by a dim light divers specimens of _skrimshander_. I

divers - (diver) Taucher, Taucherin

sought the landlord, and telling him I desired to be accommodated with

a room, received for answer that his house was full"not a bed

unoccupied. But avast, he added, tapping his forehead, you haint no

unoccupied - leerstehend frei unbeschftigt unbesetzt

objections to sharing a harpooneers blanket, have ye? I spose you are

goin a-whalin, so youd better get used to that sort of thing.

I told him that I never liked to sleep two in a bed; that if I should

ever do so, it would depend upon who the harpooneer might be, and that

if he (the landlord) really had no other place for me, and the

harpooneer was not decidedly objectionable, why rather than wander

decidedly - entschieden, deutlich, bestimmt

objectionable - unangenehm, unzulssig, strend, anstig

further about a strange town on so bitter a night, I would put up with

the half of any decent mans blanket.

I thought so. All right; take a seat. Supper?"you want supper?

Supper - Abendessen

Supperll be ready directly.

I sat down on an old wooden settle, carved all over like a bench on the

Battery. At one end a ruminating tar was still further adorning it with

ruminating - (ruminate) wiederkuen grbeln

adorning - (adorn) schmcken, zieren, verzieren

his jack-knife, stooping over and diligently working away at the space

jack - Hans, Hanns, Hannes, Hnsel

stooping - (stoop) Buckel, sich beugen

diligently - fleiig

between his legs. He was trying his hand at a ship under full sail, but

he didnt make much headway, I thought.

headway - lichte Hhe Vorwrtsfahrt Takt, Fahrzeugabstand, Fortschritt

At last some four or five of us were summoned to our meal in an

summoned - (summon) auffordern, vorladen

adjoining room. It was cold as Iceland"no fire at all"the landlord said

adjoining room - Nebenzimmer

he couldnt afford it. Nothing but two dismal tallow candles, each in a

tallow candles - Talglichter

winding sheet. We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold

winding - (wind) aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickel

fain - gern

button up - zuknpfen

to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers. But the

scalding - verbrhend; (scald) verbrhend

fare was of the most substantial kind"not only meat and potatoes, but

most substantial - gehaltreichste

dumplings; good heavens! dumplings for supper! One young fellow in a

dumplings - Kle, Kndel

green box coat, addressed himself to these dumplings in a most direful

direful - grsslich


My boy, said the landlord, youll have the nightmare to a dead


sartainty - Gewissheit

Landlord, I whispered, that aint the harpooneer is it?

aint - nicht

Oh, no, said he, looking a sort of diabolically funny, the

diabolically - diabolisch

harpooneer is a dark complexioned chap. He never eats dumplings, he

complexioned - (complexion) Teint, Gesichtsfarbe

chap - Bursche, Riss (in der Haut)

dont"he eats nothing but steaks, and he likes em rare.

steaks - (steak) Steak, Beefsteak, Lendenschnitte

The devil he does, says I. Where is that harpooneer? Is he here?

Hell be here afore long, was the answer.

afore - frher, vorher, bevor, zuvor

I could not help it, but I began to feel suspicious of this dark

complexioned harpooneer. At any rate, I made up my mind that if it so

turned out that we should sleep together, he must undress and get into

undress - erman: sich ausziehen

bed before I did.

Supper over, the company went back to the bar-room, when, knowing not

what else to do with myself, I resolved to spend the rest of the

evening as a looker on.

looker - (look) Blick, siehe

Presently a rioting noise was heard without. Starting up, the landlord

cried, Thats the Grampuss crew. I seed her reported in the offing

this morning; a three years voyage, and a full ship. Hurrah, boys; now

well have the latest news from the Feegees.

A tramping of sea boots was heard in the entry; the door was flung

tramping - (to tramp) trampeln, wandern, maschieren; (tramp) Vagabun

open, and in rolled a wild set of mariners enough. Enveloped in their

mariners - (mariner) Schiffer

shaggy watch coats, and with their heads muffled in woollen comforters,

shaggy - zottelig, zottig, zottelhaarig, struppig

muffled - (muffle) umhllen, einhllen

woollen - Wolle

comforters - (comforter) Trster Bettdecke, Plumeau, Plmo

all bedarned and ragged, and their beards stiff with icicles, they

bedarned - bedarnt

ragged - zottig, dilettantisch, struppig, zerlumpt; (rag) zotti

beards - (beard) Bart Alibifreundin

icicles - (icicle) Eiszapfen

seemed an eruption of bears from Labrador. They had just landed from

eruption - Eruption, Ausbruch, Vulkanausbruch

their boat, and this was the first house they entered. No wonder, then,

that they made a straight wake for the whales mouth"the bar"when the

wrinkled little old Jonah, there officiating, soon poured them out

officiating - (officiate) amtieren

brimmers all round. One complained of a bad cold in his head, upon

which Jonah mixed him a pitch-like potion of gin and molasses, which he

potion - Trank, Zaubertrank

gin - Gin, Wacholderbranntwein

molasses - Sirup, Melasse, Melassesirup; (molas) Sirup, Melass

swore was a sovereign cure for all colds and catarrhs whatsoever, never

sovereign - souvern

catarrhs - (catarrh) Katarrh

mind of how long standing, or whether caught off the coast of Labrador,

or on the weather side of an ice-island.

The liquor soon mounted into their heads, as it generally does even

liquor - Spirituose

with the arrantest topers newly landed from sea, and they began

arrantest - (arrant) vllig

topers - (toper) Zecher

capering about most obstreperously.

capering - (caper) Streich (bermtiger), Kaper, Kapriole

obstreperously - ungebrdige

I observed, however, that one of them held somewhat aloof, and though

aloof - (ein Stck) entfernt, auf (etwas) Abstand, distanzier

he seemed desirous not to spoil the hilarity of his shipmates by his

desirous - begierig, begehrlich

hilarity - Frhlichkeit, Ausgelassenheit, Heiterkeit, Komik, Witz

shipmates - (shipmate) Schiffskollege

own sober face, yet upon the whole he refrained from making as much

sober - nchtern, besonnen, ernst, gedeckt, ernchtern, ausnchtern

refrained - (refrain) zurckhalten;Refrain, Kehrreim

noise as the rest. This man interested me at once; and since the

sea-gods had ordained that he should soon become my shipmate (though

ordained - (ordain) festlegen weihen

shipmate - Schiffskollege

but a sleeping-partner one, so far as this narrative is concerned), I

sleeping partner - (sleeping-partner) stiller Gesellschafter

will here venture upon a little description of him. He stood full six

feet in height, with noble shoulders, and a chest like a coffer-dam. I

coffer - Kassette, Geldkassette, Tresor, Schatztruhe

have seldom seen such brawn in a man. His face was deeply brown and

brawn - Muskelkraft Slze

burnt, making his white teeth dazzling by the contrast; while in the

dazzling - blendend, grell, umwerfend, betren

deep shadows of his eyes floated some reminiscences that did not seem

reminiscences - (reminiscence) Erinnern Erinnerung an, Erinnerungen

to give him much joy. His voice at once announced that he was a

Southerner, and from his fine stature, I thought he must be one of

stature - Krpergre, Statur

those tall mountaineers from the Alleghanian Ridge in Virginia. When

mountaineers - (mountaineer) Bergbewohner, Bergbewohnerin, Bergsteige

Alleghanian - Alleghaner

Ridge - Grat First Bergrcken, Kamm, (3) checkBergrcken, checkRcken

the revelry of his companions had mounted to its height, this man

revelry - Festlichkeit, Lustbarkeit, Prasserei

slipped away unobserved, and I saw no more of him till he became my

unobserved - unbeobachtet

comrade on the sea. In a few minutes, however, he was missed by his

comrade - Kamerad Genosse, Genossin

shipmates, and being, it seems, for some reason a huge favourite with

them, they raised a cry of Bulkington! Bulkington! wheres

Bulkington? and darted out of the house in pursuit of him.

darted - (dart) Pfeil, Satz

It was now about nine oclock, and the room seeming almost

supernaturally quiet after these orgies, I began to congratulate myself

supernaturally - bernatrliche, bernatrlich

orgies - (orgy) Orgie

upon a little plan that had occurred to me just previous to the

entrance of the seamen.

No man prefers to sleep two in a bed. In fact, you would a good deal

rather not sleep with your own brother. I dont know how it is, but

people like to be private when they are sleeping. And when it comes to

sleeping with an unknown stranger, in a strange inn, in a strange town,

and that stranger a harpooneer, then your objections indefinitely

indefinitely - auf unbestimmte Zeit, auf unbestimmte Zeit

multiply. Nor was there any earthly reason why I as a sailor should

sleep two in a bed, more than anybody else; for sailors no more sleep

two in a bed at sea, than bachelor Kings do ashore. To be sure they all

bachelor - Junggeselle Bachelor

sleep together in one apartment, but you have your own hammock, and

hammock - Hngematte Bauminsel

cover yourself with your own blanket, and sleep in your own skin.

The more I pondered over this harpooneer, the more I abominated the

pondered - (ponder) grbeln berlegen, nachdenken

abominated - (abominate) verabscheuen

thought of sleeping with him. It was fair to presume that being a

harpooneer, his linen or woollen, as the case might be, would not be of

linen - Leinen Heimtextilien

the tidiest, certainly none of the finest. I began to twitch all over.

twitch - zupfen

Besides, it was getting late, and my decent harpooneer ought to be home

and going bedwards. Suppose now, he should tumble in upon me at

bedwards - (bedward) bettlgerig

tumble - Sturz, Fall, berschlag, Absturz

midnight"how could I tell from what vile hole he had been coming?

vile - abscheulich, gemein, schnde

Landlord! Ive changed my mind about that harpooneer."I shant sleep

with him. Ill try the bench here.

Just as you please; Im sorry I cant spare ye a tablecloth for a

tablecloth - Tischdecke, Tischtuch

mattress, and its a plaguy rough board here"feeling of the knots and

mattress - Matratze

notches. But wait a bit, Skrimshander; Ive got a carpenters plane

notches - (notch) Kerbe, Nut, Furche, Einrckung, Einkerbung

there in the bar"wait, I say, and Ill make ye snug enough. So saying

snug - wohlig enganliegend Hinterraum; gemtlicher Hinterraum; gemtliche Ecke; Separee

he procured the plane; and with his old silk handkerchief first dusting

procured - (procure) beschaffen, erwerben, besorgen, aufbringen

the bench, vigorously set to planing away at my bed, the while grinning

vigorously - krftig, ordentlich, heftig, tchtig

like an ape. The shavings flew right and left; till at last the

ape - nachffen, Affe

shavings - (shaving) Span

plane-iron came bump against an indestructible knot. The landlord was

bump - Schlag, Sto, Bums,

indestructible - unzerstrbar, unvernichtbar

knot - Knoten, Knuel

near spraining his wrist, and I told him for heavens sake to quit"the

spraining - (sprain) verstauchen Verstauchung

bed was soft enough to suit me, and I did not know how all the planing

in the world could make eider down of a pine plank. So gathering up the

eider - Eiderente

plank - Planke Schwerpunkt

shavings with another grin, and throwing them into the great stove in

the middle of the room, he went about his business, and left me in a

brown study.

I now took the measure of the bench, and found that it was a foot too

short; but that could be mended with a chair. But it was a foot too

mended - (mend) reparieren, flicken

narrow, and the other bench in the room was about four inches higher

than the planed one"so there was no yoking them. I then placed the

yoking - zusammen; (yok) zusammen

first bench lengthwise along the only clear space against the wall,

leaving a little interval between, for my back to settle down in. But I

soon found that there came such a draught of cold air over me from

draught - Spielstein

under the sill of the window, that this plan would never do at all,

sill - Trschwelle, Schwelle

especially as another current from the rickety door met the one from

rickety - wackelig, wacklig, klapprig, gebrechlich, rachitisch

the window, and both together formed a series of small whirlwinds in

whirlwinds - (whirlwind) Wirbelwind, Wirbelsturm

the immediate vicinity of the spot where I had thought to spend the


The devil fetch that harpooneer, thought I, but stop, couldnt I steal

fetch - holen, einfangen, abrufen, apportieren

a march on him"bolt his door inside, and jump into his bed, not to be

bolt - Riegel, Ballen, Blitz, Bolzen;durchgehen (Pferd), sausen

wakened by the most violent knockings? It seemed no bad idea; but upon

wakened - (waken) wecken

knockings - (knocking) Nageln (Dieselmotor), Klopfen (Motor)

second thoughts I dismissed it. For who could tell but what the next

thoughts - (thought) Gedanke

morning, so soon as I popped out of the room, the harpooneer might be

standing in the entry, all ready to knock me down!

Still, looking round me again, and seeing no possible chance of

spending a sufferable night unless in some other persons bed, I began

sufferable - ertrglich

to think that after all I might be cherishing unwarrantable prejudices

cherishing - (cherish) hegen wertschtzen

unwarrantable - unverantwortlich

against this unknown harpooneer. Thinks I, Ill wait awhile; he must be

awhile - eine Weile

dropping in before long. Ill have a good look at him then, and perhaps

we may become jolly good bedfellows after all"theres no telling.

bedfellows - (bedfellow) Bettgenosse, Bettgenossin

But though the other boarders kept coming in by ones, twos, and threes,

boarders - (boarder) Internatsschler, Internatsschlerin, Kostgnge

and going to bed, yet no sign of my harpooneer.

Landlord! said I, what sort of a chap is he"does he always keep such

late hours? It was now hard upon twelve oclock.

The landlord chuckled again with his lean chuckle, and seemed to be

chuckled - (chuckle) leises Lachen, Glucksen, glucken (Henne);gluckse

mightily tickled at something beyond my comprehension. No, he

mightily - mchtig

tickled - (tickle) Kitzeln

comprehension - Verstndnis, Verstehen

answered, generally hes an early bird"airley to bed and airley to

early bird - Frhaufsteher

rise"yes, hes the bird what catches the worm. But to-night he went out

a peddling, you see, and I dont see what on airth keeps him so late,

peddling - (peddle) verbreiten

unless, may be, he cant sell his head.

Cant sell his head?"What sort of a bamboozingly story is this you are

bamboozingly - bambusartig

telling me? getting into a towering rage. Do you pretend to say,

landlord, that this harpooneer is actually engaged this blessed

Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, in peddling his head around

this town?

Thats precisely it, said the landlord, and I told him he couldnt

sell it here, the markets overstocked.

overstocked - (overstock) den Markt berschwemmen

With what? shouted I.

With heads to be sure; aint there too many heads in the world?

I tell you what it is, landlord, said I quite calmly, youd better

calmly - ruhig

stop spinning that yarn to me"Im not green.

yarn - Garn Tau

May be not, taking out a stick and whittling a toothpick, but I

whittling - Schnitzerei; (whittle) Schnitzerei

toothpick - Zahnstocher

rayther guess youll be done _brown_ if that ere harpooneer hears you a

rayther - (rather) eher, ungefhr, eigentlich

slanderin his head.

Ill break it for him, said I, now flying into a passion again at

this unaccountable farrago of the landlords.

farrago - Mischmasch, Allerlei

Its broke aready, said he.

Broke, said I"_broke_, do you mean?

Sartain, and thats the very reason he cant sell it, I guess.

Landlord, said I, going up to him as cool as Mt. Hecla in a

Mt - US-Bundesstaat;Berg

snow-storm"landlord, stop whittling. You and I must understand one

snow-storm - (snow storm) Schneesturm

another, and that too without delay. I come to your house and want a

bed; you tell me you can only give me half a one; that the other half

belongs to a certain harpooneer. And about this harpooneer, whom I have

not yet seen, you persist in telling me the most mystifying and

mystifying - (mystify) verblffen, irritieren

exasperating stories tending to beget in me an uncomfortable feeling

exasperating - (exasperate) verrgern, aufbringen, auf die Palme bringen

beget - erzeugen, fortpflanzen

uncomfortable feeling - Missbehagen

towards the man whom you design for my bedfellow"a sort of connexion,

bedfellow - Bettgenosse, Bettgenossin

landlord, which is an intimate and confidential one in the highest

confidential - vertraulich

degree. I now demand of you to speak out and tell me who and what this

harpooneer is, and whether I shall be in all respects safe to spend the

night with him. And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay

unsay - widerrufen

that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good

evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad, and Ive no idea of

sleeping with a madman; and you, sir, _you_ I mean, landlord, _you_,

madman - Irrer, Wahnsinniger, Verrckter

sir, by trying to induce me to do so knowingly, would thereby render

knowingly - wissentlich, bewusst

yourself liable to a criminal prosecution.

Wall, said the landlord, fetching a long breath, thats a purty long

fetching - (fetch) holen, einfangen, abrufen, apportieren

purty - hbsch

sarmon for a chap that rips a little now and then. But be easy, be

easy, this here harpooneer I have been tellin you of has just arrived

from the south seas, where he bought up a lot of balmed New Zealand

bought up - aufgekauft

heads (great curios, you know), and hes sold all on em but one, and

curios - (curio) Kuriositt

that one hes trying to sell to-night, cause to-morrows Sunday, and it

would not do to be sellin human heads about the streets when folks is

goin to churches. He wanted to, last Sunday, but I stopped him just as

he was goin out of the door with four heads strung on a string, for

all the airth like a string of inions.

This account cleared up the otherwise unaccountable mystery, and showed

that the landlord, after all, had had no idea of fooling me"but at the

same time what could I think of a harpooneer who stayed out of a

Saturday night clean into the holy Sabbath, engaged in such a cannibal

business as selling the heads of dead idolators?

idolators - (idolator) Gtzendiener

Depend upon it, landlord, that harpooneer is a dangerous man.

He pays reglar, was the rejoinder. But come, its getting dreadful

rejoinder - Gegenerwiderung, Duplik, schlagfertige Erwiderun

late, you had better be turning flukes"its a nice bed; Sal and me

flukes - (fluke) der Dusel

slept in that ere bed the night we were spliced. Theres plenty of room

spliced - (splice) Verbindung spleien

for two to kick about in that bed; its an almighty big bed that. Why,

almighty - allmchtig

afore we give it up, Sal used to put our Sam and little Johnny in the

foot of it. But I got a dreaming and sprawling about one night, and

sprawling - (sprawl) ausspreizen, grtschen, sich ausbreiten, Wucher

somehow, Sam got pitched on the floor, and came near breaking his arm.

Arter that, Sal said it wouldnt do. Come along here, Ill give ye a

Arter - (after) Hinter..., hinter, hinterher (rtlich), n. nach

glim in a jiffy; and so saying he lighted a candle and held it towards

jiffy - Moment, Augenblick

me, offering to lead the way. But I stood irresolute; when looking at a

irresolute - unentschlossen

clock in the corner, he exclaimed I vum its Sunday"you wont see that

harpooneer to-night; hes come to anchor somewhere"come along then;

_do_ come; _wont_ ye come?

I considered the matter a moment, and then up stairs we went, and I was

ushered into a small room, cold as a clam, and furnished, sure enough,

ushered - (usher) Platzanweiser Gerichtsdiener zuweisen, anweise

clam - zugeknpfter Mensch;hemmen;essbare Muschel, Venusmuschel

furnished - (furnish) mblieren, einrichten, ausrsten

with a prodigious bed, almost big enough indeed for any four

prodigious - ungeheuer, gewaltig, verwunderlich

harpooneers to sleep abreast.

abreast - beieinander, nebeneinander, auf dem Laufenden, Schritt

There, said the landlord, placing the candle on a crazy old sea chest

that did double duty as a wash-stand and centre table; there, make

yourself comfortable now, and good night to ye. I turned round from

eyeing the bed, but he had disappeared.

Folding back the counterpane, I stooped over the bed. Though none of

counterpane - die Tagesdecke

stooped - (stoop) Buckel, sich beugen

the most elegant, it yet stood the scrutiny tolerably well. I then

most elegant - eleganteste

tolerably - ertrgliche, ertrglich

glanced round the room; and besides the bedstead and centre table,

bedstead - Bettgestell, Bettrahmen

could see no other furniture belonging to the place, but a rude shelf,

the four walls, and a papered fireboard representing a man striking a

fireboard - Feuertafel

whale. Of things not properly belonging to the room, there was a

hammock lashed up, and thrown upon the floor in one corner; also a

lashed - (lash) Peitsche, Wimper;anbinden

large seamans bag, containing the harpooneers wardrobe, no doubt in

wardrobe - Garderobe, Kleiderschrank

lieu of a land trunk. Likewise, there was a parcel of outlandish bone

lieu - anstatt

parcel - Paket Parzelle

outlandish - seltsam, sonderbar, haarstrubend, fremdartig, auslndisch

fish hooks on the shelf over the fire-place, and a tall harpoon

standing at the head of the bed.

But what is this on the chest? I took it up, and held it close to the

light, and felt it, and smelt it, and tried every way possible to

arrive at some satisfactory conclusion concerning it. I can compare it

satisfactory - befriedigend, zufriedenstellend

to nothing but a large door mat, ornamented at the edges with little

mat - Matte

ornamented - (ornament) Verzierung musikalische Verzierung

tinkling tags something like the stained porcupine quills round an

stained - (stain) Fleck Schandfleck beflecken beizen

porcupine - Stachelschwein, Baumstachler, Baumstachelschwein, Urson

quills - (quill) Kiel Schreibfeder, Federkiel, Stift, Stachel

Indian moccasin. There was a hole or slit in the middle of this mat, as

moccasin - der Mokassin

slit - Nut, Schlitz, Spalt, Schamritze

you see the same in South American ponchos. But could it be possible

ponchos - (poncho) Poncho Regenponcho

that any sober harpooneer would get into a door mat, and parade the

streets of any Christian town in that sort of guise? I put it on, to

guise - Gewand (fig.), Erscheinung, Gestalt

try it, and it weighed me down like a hamper, being uncommonly shaggy

hamper - stren, behindern, hemmen, hindern;Geschenkkorb

uncommonly - ungewhnlich, uerst

and thick, and I thought a little damp, as though this mysterious

harpooneer had been wearing it of a rainy day. I went up in it to a bit

rainy - regnerisch

of glass stuck against the wall, and I never saw such a sight in my

life. I tore myself out of it in such a hurry that I gave myself a kink

tore - (to tear) zerreien, reien

kink - Knoten, Knick, Macke, Schleife

in the neck.

I sat down on the side of the bed, and commenced thinking about this

head-peddling harpooneer, and his door mat. After thinking some time on

the bed-side, I got up and took off my monkey jacket, and then stood in

the middle of the room thinking. I then took off my coat, and thought a

little more in my shirt sleeves. But beginning to feel very cold now,

sleeves - (sleeve) rmel Hlse, Schutzhlle, Tlle, Kcher

half undressed as I was, and remembering what the landlord said about

undressed - (undress) erman: sich ausziehen

the harpooneers not coming home at all that night, it being so very

late, I made no more ado, but jumped out of my pantaloons and boots,

ado - Getue Getse, checkLrm, checkMhe

pantaloons - (Pantaloon) Hose

and then blowing out the light tumbled into bed, and commended myself

tumbled - (tumble) Sturz, Fall, berschlag, Absturz

commended - (commend) belobigen, beglckwnschen, loben, anvertraue

to the care of heaven.

Whether that mattress was stuffed with corn-cobs or broken crockery,

cobs - (cob) mnnlicher Schwan

crockery - Geschirr Essgeschirr

there is no telling, but I rolled about a good deal, and could not

sleep for a long time. At last I slid off into a light doze, and had

doze - Halbschlaf

pretty nearly made a good offing towards the land of Nod, when I heard

a heavy footfall in the passage, and saw a glimmer of light come into

footfall - Schritt

glimmer - Schimmer glimmern

the room from under the door.

Lord save me, thinks I, that must be the harpooneer, the infernal

infernal - hllisch, infernalisch, t-checkHllen-, checkinfernalisch

head-peddler. But I lay perfectly still, and resolved not to say a word

peddler - Hausierer Schwtzer, Fabulant

till spoken to. Holding a light in one hand, and that identical New

Zealand head in the other, the stranger entered the room, and without

looking towards the bed, placed his candle a good way off from me on

the floor in one corner, and then began working away at the knotted

knotted - (knot) Knoten, Knuel

cords of the large bag I before spoke of as being in the room. I was

cords - (cord) Schnur, Kordel, Strick, Kabel, Litze

all eagerness to see his face, but he kept it averted for some time

eagerness - Eifer

averted - (avert) abwenden, verhindern

while employed in unlacing the bags mouth. This accomplished, however,

unlacing - (unlace) aufschnren

he turned round"when, good heavens! what a sight! Such a face! It was

of a dark, purplish, yellow colour, here and there stuck over with

purplish - brombeerfarben

large blackish looking squares. Yes, its just as I thought, hes a

blackish - schwrzlich

terrible bedfellow; hes been in a fight, got dreadfully cut, and here

dreadfully - furchtbar

he is, just from the surgeon. But at that moment he chanced to turn his

face so towards the light, that I plainly saw they could not be

sticking-plasters at all, those black squares on his cheeks. They were

plasters - (plaster) Salbe, Creme, Putz, Verputz, Stuck

stains of some sort or other. At first I knew not what to make of this;

stains - (stain) Fleck Schandfleck beflecken beizen

but soon an inkling of the truth occurred to me. I remembered a story

inkling - Andeutung

of a white man"a whaleman too"who, falling among the cannibals, had

whaleman - Walfnger

cannibals - (cannibal) Kannibale, emale

been tattooed by them. I concluded that this harpooneer, in the course

tattooed - (tattoo) ttowieren

of his distant voyages, must have met with a similar adventure. And

what is it, thought I, after all! Its only his outside; a man can be

honest in any sort of skin. But then, what to make of his unearthly

unearthly - unheimlich

complexion, that part of it, I mean, lying round about, and completely

complexion - Teint, Gesichtsfarbe

independent of the squares of tattooing. To be sure, it might be

tattooing - (tattoo) ttowieren

nothing but a good coat of tropical tanning; but I never heard of a hot

tanning - Brunung; (tan) Brunung

suns tanning a white man into a purplish yellow one. However, I had

never been in the South Seas; and perhaps the sun there produced these

extraordinary effects upon the skin. Now, while all these ideas were

passing through me like lightning, this harpooneer never noticed me at

all. But, after some difficulty having opened his bag, he commenced

fumbling in it, and presently pulled out a sort of tomahawk, and a

fumbling - (fumble) umhertasten, tasten

tomahawk - Tomahawk

seal-skin wallet with the hair on. Placing these on the old chest in

wallet - Portemonnaie, Portmonee; Brieftasche; Geldbeutel; Geldbrse

the middle of the room, he then took the New Zealand head"a ghastly

ghastly - geisterhaft grsslich, gespenstisch, haarstrubend, schauderhaf

thing enough"and crammed it down into the bag. He now took off his

crammed - (cram) stopfen, vollpacken, msten, vollstopfen, bffeln, pauken

hat"a new beaver hat"when I came nigh singing out with fresh surprise.

beaver - Biber

There was no hair on his head"none to speak of at least"nothing but a

small scalp-knot twisted up on his forehead. His bald purplish head now

scalp - Oberkopf Kopfhaut Skalp

bald - kahl, glatzkpfig; q

looked for all the world like a mildewed skull. Had not the stranger

mildewed - (mildew) Mehltau, Schimmel, schimmeln, verschimmeln

stood between me and the door, I would have bolted out of it quicker

bolted - (bolt) Riegel, Ballen, Blitz, Bolzen;durchgehen (Pferd), sausen

than ever I bolted a dinner.

Even as it was, I thought something of slipping out of the window, but

it was the second floor back. I am no coward, but what to make of this

coward - Feigling,

head-peddling purple rascal altogether passed my comprehension.

rascal - Gauner, Strolch, Bsewicht, Schurke, Bengel

Ignorance is the parent of fear, and being completely nonplussed and

nonplussed - (nonplus) verwirren, verdutzen, verblffen

confounded about the stranger, I confess I was now as much afraid of

him as if it was the devil himself who had thus broken into my room at

the dead of night. In fact, I was so afraid of him that I was not game

enough just then to address him, and demand a satisfactory answer

concerning what seemed inexplicable in him.

inexplicable - unerklrlich

Meanwhile, he continued the business of undressing, and at last showed

undressing - entkleidende, auskleiden

his chest and arms. As I live, these covered parts of him were

checkered with the same squares as his face; his back, too, was all

checkered - (checker) Schachbrettmuster;karieren;Aufseher, Prfer

over the same dark squares; he seemed to have been in a Thirty Years

War, and just escaped from it with a sticking-plaster shirt. Still

more, his very legs were marked, as if a parcel of dark green frogs

were running up the trunks of young palms. It was now quite plain that

trunks - (trunk) Stamm, Baumstamm, Koffer, Truhe, Schrankkoffer

he must be some abominable savage or other shipped aboard of a whaleman

aboard - an Bord

in the South Seas, and so landed in this Christian country. I quaked to

quaked - (quake) Beben

think of it. A peddler of heads too"perhaps the heads of his own

brothers. He might take a fancy to mine"heavens! look at that tomahawk!

But there was no time for shuddering, for now the savage went about

shuddering - schaudernd; (shudder) Schauder (wohliger) Schauder schaudern zittern

something that completely fascinated my attention, and convinced me

fascinated - (fascinate) faszinieren, bezaubern

that he must indeed be a heathen. Going to his heavy grego, or wrapall,

heathen - heidnisch barbarisch, unzivilisiert, Heide, Heidin, Barba

or dreadnaught, which he had previously hung on a chair, he fumbled in

dreadnaught - Dreadnought

fumbled - (fumble) umhertasten, tasten

the pockets, and produced at length a curious little deformed image

with a hunch on its back, and exactly the colour of a three days old

hunch - Hgel, Protuberanz, Buckel, gekrmmte Haltung, krummer Rcke

Congo baby. Remembering the embalmed head, at first I almost thought

embalmed - (embalm) einbalsamieren

that this black manikin was a real baby preserved in some similar

manikin - Mnnchen

manner. But seeing that it was not at all limber, and that it glistened

glistened - (glisten) glitzern, glnzen, gleien

a good deal like polished ebony, I concluded that it must be nothing

polished - (polish) polnisch Polnisch

ebony - Ebenholz Ebenholz

but a wooden idol, which indeed it proved to be. For now the savage

idol - Idol, Gtze

goes up to the empty fire-place, and removing the papered fire-board,

sets up this little hunch-backed image, like a tenpin, between the

tenpin - Kegel

andirons. The chimney jambs and all the bricks inside were very sooty,

andirons - (andiron) Feuerbock, Kaminbock, Brandbock, Feuerhund

jambs - (jamb) Trpfosten

sooty - ruig ruen

so that I thought this fire-place made a very appropriate little shrine

shrine - Heiligtum; q

or chapel for his Congo idol.

chapel - Kapelle

I now screwed my eyes hard towards the half hidden image, feeling but

ill at ease meantime"to see what was next to follow. First he takes

about a double handful of shavings out of his grego pocket, and places

them carefully before the idol; then laying a bit of ship biscuit on

top and applying the flame from the lamp, he kindled the shavings into

kindled - (kindle) anznden

a sacrificial blaze. Presently, after many hasty snatches into the

sacrificial - opfernd

blaze - Lohe, Brand, Grobrand, brenne, Glut

hasty - hastig, eilig

snatches - (snatch) klauen, stehlen, Reien

fire, and still hastier withdrawals of his fingers (whereby he seemed

hastier - (hasty) hastig, eilig

to be scorching them badly), he at last succeeded in drawing out the

scorching - (scorch) verbrennen rasen

biscuit; then blowing off the heat and ashes a little, he made a polite

offer of it to the little negro. But the little devil did not seem to

fancy such dry sort of fare at all; he never moved his lips. All these

strange antics were accompanied by still stranger guttural noises from

antics - (antic) Possen

guttural - guttural, kehlig

the devotee, who seemed to be praying in a sing-song or else singing

devotee - Bewunderer, Enthusiast, Fan, Anhnger

some pagan psalmody or other, during which his face twitched about in

pagan - heidnisch Heide, Heidin, Unglubiger, Unglubige

psalmody - Psalmodie

twitched - (twitch) zupfen

the most unnatural manner. At last extinguishing the fire, he took the

most unnatural - unnatrlichste

extinguishing - (extinguish) lschen auslschen, abschalten

idol up very unceremoniously, and bagged it again in his grego pocket

unceremoniously - ungezwungene

as carelessly as if he were a sportsman bagging a dead woodcock.

carelessly - leichtsinnigerweise, sorglos

sportsman - Sportler, Athlet

woodcock - Waldschnepfe

All these queer proceedings increased my uncomfortableness, and seeing

uncomfortableness - Unbehaglichkeit, Ungemtlichkeit

him now exhibiting strong symptoms of concluding his business

operations, and jumping into bed with me, I thought it was high time,

now or never, before the light was put out, to break the spell in which

I had so long been bound.

But the interval I spent in deliberating what to say, was a fatal one.

Taking up his tomahawk from the table, he examined the head of it for

an instant, and then holding it to the light, with his mouth at the

handle, he puffed out great clouds of tobacco smoke. The next moment

puffed - (puff) pusten;Hauch

the light was extinguished, and this wild cannibal, tomahawk between

extinguished - (extinguish) lschen auslschen, abschalten

his teeth, sprang into bed with me. I sang out, I could not help it

now; and giving a sudden grunt of astonishment he began feeling me.

grunt - Grunzer, Sthnen, Grunzen, Hucker, Handlanger, Hilfsarbeiter

Stammering out something, I knew not what, I rolled away from him

Stammering - Gestotter ; (stammer) stammeln, stottern, Stottern

against the wall, and then conjured him, whoever or whatever he might

conjured - (conjure) zaubern herbeirufen hervorrufen, heraufbeschwre

be, to keep quiet, and let me get up and light the lamp again. But his

guttural responses satisfied me at once that he but ill comprehended my

comprehended - (comprehend) umfassen verstehen, begreifen, erfassen, einsehen


Who-e debel you?"he at last said"you no speak-e, dam-me, I kill-e.

And so saying the lighted tomahawk began flourishing about me in the


Landlord, for Gods sake, Peter Coffin! shouted I. Landlord! Watch!

Coffin! Angels! save me!

Speak-e! tell-ee me who-ee be, or dam-me, I kill-e! again growled the

growled - (growl) Knurren Magenknurren

cannibal, while his horrid flourishings of the tomahawk scattered the

flourishings - Aufschwnge

hot tobacco ashes about me till I thought my linen would get on fire.

But thank heaven, at that moment the landlord came into the room light

in hand, and leaping from the bed I ran up to him.

Dont be afraid now, said he, grinning again, Queequeg here wouldnt

harm a hair of your head.

Stop your grinning, shouted I, and why didnt you tell me that that

infernal harpooneer was a cannibal?

I thought ye knowd it;"didnt I tell ye, he was a peddlin heads

around town?"but turn flukes again and go to sleep. Queequeg, look

here"you sabbee me, I sabbee"you this man sleepe you"you sabbee?

sabbee - Sabbiner

sleepe - schlafen

Me sabbee plenty"grunted Queequeg, puffing away at his pipe and

grunted - (grunt) Grunzer, Sthnen, Grunzen, Hucker, Handlange

puffing away - paffend

sitting up in bed.

You gettee in, he added, motioning to me with his tomahawk, and

throwing the clothes to one side. He really did this in not only a

civil but a really kind and charitable way. I stood looking at him a

charitable - wohlttig, grozgig

moment. For all his tattooings he was on the whole a clean, comely

tattooings - Ttowierungen

comely - hbsch, ansehnlich

looking cannibal. Whats all this fuss I have been making about,

fuss - Lrm, Wirbel, Aufstand, Gehabe

thought I to myself"the mans a human being just as I am: he has just

as much reason to fear me, as I have to be afraid of him. Better sleep

with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

drunken - betrunken, trunken

Landlord, said I, tell him to stash his tomahawk there, or pipe, or

stash - verstecken

whatever you call it; tell him to stop smoking, in short, and I will

turn in with him. But I dont fancy having a man smoking in bed with

me. Its dangerous. Besides, I aint insured.

insured - versicherte; (insure) versichern

This being told to Queequeg, he at once complied, and again politely

motioned me to get into bed"rolling over to one side as much as to

say"I wont touch a leg of ye.

Good night, landlord, said I, you may go.

I turned in, and never slept better in my life.

CHAPTER 4. The Counterpane.

Upon waking next morning about daylight, I found Queequegs arm thrown

daylight - Tageslicht Tag

over me in the most loving and affectionate manner. You had almost

most loving - liebevollste

affectionate - liebevoll, gtig, zugeneigt, herzlich, zugetan

thought I had been his wife. The counterpane was of patchwork, full of

patchwork - Flickarbeit, Flickwerk

odd little parti-coloured squares and triangles; and this arm of his

triangles - (triangle) Dreieck Triangel

tattooed all over with an interminable Cretan labyrinth of a figure, no

interminable - endlos, grenzenlos

Cretan - kretisch Kreter, Kreterin

labyrinth - Labyrinth

two parts of which were of one precise shade"owing I suppose to his

keeping his arm at sea unmethodically in sun and shade, his shirt

unmethodically - unmethodisch

sleeves irregularly rolled up at various times"this same arm of his, I

irregularly - unregelmige

say, looked for all the world like a strip of that same patchwork

quilt. Indeed, partly lying on it as the arm did when I first awoke, I

quilt - Steppdecke only for decorative examples: Quilt

awoke - (awake) munter, wach;erwachen, aufwachen

could hardly tell it from the quilt, they so blended their hues

hues - (hue) Farbe, Tnung, Geschrei, Farbton

together; and it was only by the sense of weight and pressure that I

could tell that Queequeg was hugging me.

hugging - (hug) Umarmung umarmen

My sensations were strange. Let me try to explain them. When I was a

child, I well remember a somewhat similar circumstance that befell me;

befell - (befall) befallen, zustoen, hereinbrechen, widerfahren

whether it was a reality or a dream, I never could entirely settle. The

circumstance was this. I had been cutting up some caper or other"I

cutting up - zerschneidend

caper - Streich (bermtiger), Kaper, Kapriole

think it was trying to crawl up the chimney, as I had seen a little

sweep do a few days previous; and my stepmother who, somehow or other,

stepmother - Stiefmutter,

was all the time whipping me, or sending me to bed supperless,"my

supperless - ohne Abendbrot

mother dragged me by the legs out of the chimney and packed me off to

bed, though it was only two oclock in the afternoon of the 21st June,

the longest day in the year in our hemisphere. I felt dreadfully. But

hemisphere - Hemisphre, Halbkugel (rare, e.g

there was no help for it, so up stairs I went to my little room in the

third floor, undressed myself as slowly as possible so as to kill time,

kill time - die Zeit vertreiben, die Zeit totschlagen

and with a bitter sigh got between the sheets.

I lay there dismally calculating that sixteen entire hours must elapse

dismally - trostlos, dstere

elapse - vergehen, verrinnen

before I could hope for a resurrection. Sixteen hours in bed! the small

resurrection - Wiederauferstehung

of my back ached to think of it. And it was so light too; the sun

ached - (ache) Schmerz

shining in at the window, and a great rattling of coaches in the

rattling - klappernd, ratternd, klirrend, rasselnd; (rattle) klappern

streets, and the sound of gay voices all over the house. I felt worse

and worse"at last I got up, dressed, and softly going down in my

softly - sachte leise

stockinged feet, sought out my stepmother, and suddenly threw myself at

stockinged - auf Strmpfen

her feet, beseeching her as a particular favour to give me a good

beseeching - (to beseech) ersuchen, anflehe

slippering for my misbehaviour; anything indeed but condemning me to

slippering - (slipper) Hausschuh, Latschen, Pantoffel, Patschen

misbehaviour - Ungezogenheit

lie abed such an unendurable length of time. But she was the best and

abed - zu Bett, im Bett

unendurable - unertrglich

most conscientious of stepmothers, and back I had to go to my room. For

most conscientious - gewissenhafteste

stepmothers - (stepmother) Stiefmutter,

several hours I lay there broad awake, feeling a great deal worse than

awake - munter, wach;erwachen, aufwachen

I have ever done since, even from the greatest subsequent misfortunes.

misfortunes - (misfortune) Pech, Ungemach, Unglck, Unfall, Unheil

At last I must have fallen into a troubled nightmare of a doze; and

slowly waking from it"half steeped in dreams"I opened my eyes, and the

before sun-lit room was now wrapped in outer darkness. Instantly I felt

a shock running through all my frame; nothing was to be seen, and

nothing was to be heard; but a supernatural hand seemed placed in mine.

supernatural - bernatrlich

My arm hung over the counterpane, and the nameless, unimaginable,

silent form or phantom, to which the hand belonged, seemed closely

seated by my bed-side. For what seemed ages piled on ages, I lay there,

frozen with the most awful fears, not daring to drag away my hand; yet

ever thinking that if I could but stir it one single inch, the horrid

spell would be broken. I knew not how this consciousness at last glided

glided - (glide) gleiten gleiten lassen

away from me; but waking in the morning, I shudderingly remembered it

shudderingly - schaudernd

all, and for days and weeks and months afterwards I lost myself in

confounding attempts to explain the mystery. Nay, to this very hour, I

confounding - (confound) verwirren verschlimmern, verschlechtern, besiege

often puzzle myself with it.

Now, take away the awful fear, and my sensations at feeling the

supernatural hand in mine were very similar, in their strangeness, to

strangeness - Fremdartigkeit, Fremdheit

those which I experienced on waking up and seeing Queequegs pagan arm

thrown round me. But at length all the past nights events soberly

soberly - nchtern

recurred, one by one, in fixed reality, and then I lay only alive to

recurred - (recur) wiederkehren

the comical predicament. For though I tried to move his arm"unlock his

comical - komdisch, komdial, komisch, lustig

predicament - Kategorie Lage (''missliche ~; unglckliche ~'') Zwangslag

unlock - aufschlieen, entriegeln, entsperren (screen, Device, P

bridegroom clasp"yet, sleeping as he was, he still hugged me tightly,

bridegroom - Brutigam

clasp - Spange, Klammer, Schnalle, Griff, greifen

hugged - (hug) Umarmung umarmen

tightly - eng

as though naught but death should part us twain. I now strove to rouse

naught - nichts Nichts

twain - zwei

rouse - wachrufen, wecken

him"Queequeg!"but his only answer was a snore. I then rolled over, my

snore - schnarchen Schnarchen

neck feeling as if it were in a horse-collar; and suddenly felt a

collar - Kragen Halskette Halsband Ring

slight scratch. Throwing aside the counterpane, there lay the tomahawk

sleeping by the savages side, as if it were a hatchet-faced baby. A

hatchet - Beil

pretty pickle, truly, thought I; abed here in a strange house in the

pickle - Essiggurke, Metallbeize;beizen

broad day, with a cannibal and a tomahawk! Queequeg!"in the name of

goodness, Queequeg, wake! At length, by dint of much wriggling, and

wriggling - sich winden, sich befreien, schlngeln; (wriggle) sich winde

loud and incessant expostulations upon the unbecomingness of his

incessant - stndig, unablssig, unaufhrlich

unbecomingness - Unschicklichkeit

hugging a fellow male in that matrimonial sort of style, I succeeded in

matrimonial - ehelich

extracting a grunt; and presently, he drew back his arm, shook himself

all over like a Newfoundland dog just from the water, and sat up in

bed, stiff as a pike-staff, looking at me, and rubbing his eyes as if

pike - Spitze, Hecht

he did not altogether remember how I came to be there, though a dim

consciousness of knowing something about me seemed slowly dawning over

him. Meanwhile, I lay quietly eyeing him, having no serious misgivings

misgivings - (misgiving) Zweifel

now, and bent upon narrowly observing so curious a creature. When, at

narrowly - eng

last, his mind seemed made up touching the character of his bedfellow,

and he became, as it were, reconciled to the fact; he jumped out upon

reconciled - (reconcile) vershnen

the floor, and by certain signs and sounds gave me to understand that,

if it pleased me, he would dress first and then leave me to dress

afterwards, leaving the whole apartment to myself. Thinks I, Queequeg,

under the circumstances, this is a very civilized overture; but, the

civilized - (civilize) zivilisieren

overture - Angebot, Annherungsversuch, Offerte, Ouvertre

truth is, these savages have an innate sense of delicacy, say what you

innate - angeboren, checkeigen, checkimmanent

delicacy - Feinheit, Zartheit, Delikatesse, Leckerbissen, Kstlichkeit

will; it is marvellous how essentially polite they are. I pay this

particular compliment to Queequeg, because he treated me with so much

compliment - Kompliment, Lob, Anerkennung, Achtungsbezeugung

civility and consideration, while I was guilty of great rudeness;

civility - Anstand, Hflichkeit, Verbindlichkeit

rudeness - Grobheit, Unhflichkeit, grobe Bemerkung, grobes Benehme

staring at him from the bed, and watching all his toilette motions; for

the time my curiosity getting the better of my breeding. Nevertheless,

a man like Queequeg you dont see every day, he and his ways were well

worth unusual regarding.

He commenced dressing at top by donning his beaver hat, a very tall

one, by the by, and then"still minus his trowsers"he hunted up his

minus - weniger, minus, Minus

boots. What under the heavens he did it for, I cannot tell, but his

next movement was to crush himself"boots in hand, and hat on"under the

bed; when, from sundry violent gaspings and strainings, I inferred he

sundry - verschiedene, allerlei

gaspings - (gasping) keuchend

strainings - (straining) anspannend, anstrengend

was hard at work booting himself; though by no law of propriety that I

propriety - Angemessenheit, Richtigkeit, Korrektheit, Ordnungsmigkeit

ever heard of, is any man required to be private when putting on his

boots. But Queequeg, do you see, was a creature in the transition

stage"neither caterpillar nor butterfly. He was just enough civilized

caterpillar - Raupe, Raupenfahrzeug

butterfly - Schmetterling

to show off his outlandishness in the strangest possible manners. His

outlandishness - Absonderlichkeit

education was not yet completed. He was an undergraduate. If he had not

been a small degree civilized, he very probably would not have troubled

himself with boots at all; but then, if he had not been still a savage,

he never would have dreamt of getting under the bed to put them on. At

last, he emerged with his hat very much dented and crushed down over

dented - (dent) Delle, Kerbe, Vertiefung, Beule

his eyes, and began creaking and limping about the room, as if, not

limping - lahmend, hinkend; (limp) lahmend, hinkend

being much accustomed to boots, his pair of damp, wrinkled cowhide

accustomed - (accustom) gewhnen gewhnen

cowhide - Lederpeitsche

ones"probably not made to order either"rather pinched and tormented him

pinched - (pinch) kneifen, zwicken, schnappen, erwischen, Messerspitz

at the first go off of a bitter cold morning.

at the first go - gleich beim ersten Mal, auf Anhieb

Seeing, now, that there were no curtains to the window, and that the

street being very narrow, the house opposite commanded a plain view

into the room, and observing more and more the indecorous figure that

indecorous - unpassend, unschicklich

Queequeg made, staving about with little else but his hat and boots on;

staving - (stave) Daube Sprosse Strophe, Vers, Notenlinien, Notensystem

I begged him as well as I could, to accelerate his toilet somewhat, and

particularly to get into his pantaloons as soon as possible. He

complied, and then proceeded to wash himself. At that time in the

morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my

amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his

amazement - Staunen, Verwunderung

contented - (content) (to be content with) sich mit etwas begngen

ablutions - (ablution) Waschung, Abwaschung, Ablution

chest, arms, and hands. He then donned his waistcoat, and taking up a

waistcoat - Weste,

piece of hard soap on the wash-stand centre table, dipped it into water

and commenced lathering his face. I was watching to see where he kept

lathering - (lather) Schaum, Seifenschaum

his razor, when lo and behold, he takes the harpoon from the bed

razor - Rasiermesser, Rasierapparat, Rasierer

behold - betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen

corner, slips out the long wooden stock, unsheathes the head, whets it

unsheathes - (unsheathe) Ernst machen

whets - (whet) wetzen

a little on his boot, and striding up to the bit of mirror against the

wall, begins a vigorous scraping, or rather harpooning of his cheeks.

vigorous - krftig, stark, energisch, lebhaft

scraping - schabend, kratzend; (scrap) schabend, kratzend

harpooning - (harpoon) Harpune

Thinks I, Queequeg, this is using Rogerss best cutlery with a

cutlery - Essbesteck

vengeance. Afterwards I wondered the less at this operation when I came

vengeance - Rache, Vergeltung

to know of what fine steel the head of a harpoon is made, and how

exceedingly sharp the long straight edges are always kept.

exceedingly - beraus, uerst, auerordentlich, ungemein

The rest of his toilet was soon achieved, and he proudly marched out of

proudly - stolze, stolz

the room, wrapped up in his great pilot monkey jacket, and sporting his

harpoon like a marshals baton.

baton - Kommandostab, Zeremonienstab, Offizierstckchen, Zepter

CHAPTER 5. Breakfast.

I quickly followed suit, and descending into the bar-room accosted the

accosted - (accost) ansprechen

grinning landlord very pleasantly. I cherished no malice towards him,

pleasantly - angenehme, angenehm

cherished - (cherish) hegen wertschtzen

malice - Boshaftigkeit, Bse, Bosheit, Bsartigkeit

though he had been skylarking with me not a little in the matter of my

skylarking - (skylark) Feldlerche


However, a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a

scarce - sprlich

good thing; the mores the pity. So, if any one man, in his own proper

person, afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be

backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend and be spent in

backward - zurck, nach hinten, rckwrts, zgerlich, gehemmt, rckstndig

that way. And the man that has anything bountifully laughable about

bountifully - freigebig, freigiebige

laughable - lcherlich, lachhaft, zum Lachen

him, be sure there is more in that man than you perhaps think for.

The bar-room was now full of the boarders who had been dropping in the

night previous, and whom I had not as yet had a good look at. They were

nearly all whalemen; chief mates, and second mates, and third mates,

and sea carpenters, and sea coopers, and sea blacksmiths, and

carpenters - (carpenter) Zimmermann, Zimmerfrau

coopers - (cooper) Bttcher, Schffler (hist.), Kfer

blacksmiths - (blacksmith) Eisenschmied, Eisenschmiedin, Grobschmie

harpooneers, and ship keepers; a brown and brawny company, with bosky

keepers - (keeper) Hter Wchter, Hter, Torwart, Tormann

brawny - muskuls, muskelbepackt

bosky - waldig

beards; an unshorn, shaggy set, all wearing monkey jackets for morning

unshorn - ungeschoren


You could pretty plainly tell how long each one had been ashore. This

young fellows healthy cheek is like a sun-toasted pear in hue, and

pear - Birne Birnbaum, Birnenholz, Birnbaumholz, Birnholz

hue - Farbe, Tnung, Geschrei, Farbton

would seem to smell almost as musky; he cannot have been three days

musky - moschusartig

landed from his Indian voyage. That man next him looks a few shades

lighter; you might say a touch of satin wood is in him. In the

satin - (sate) bersttigen, sttigen

complexion of a third still lingers a tropic tawn, but slightly

tropic - Wendekreis tropisch

bleached withal; _he_ doubtless has tarried whole weeks ashore. But who

bleached - (bleach) ausbleichen, bleichen

withal - mit

tarried - (tarry) zgern;teerig

could show a cheek like Queequeg? which, barred with various tints,

tints - (tint) frben, tnen;Farbe, Farbton

seemed like the Andes western slope, to show forth in one array,

contrasting climates, zone by zone.

Grub, ho! now cried the landlord, flinging open a door, and in we

flinging - (fling) Affre (Liebesaffre)

went to breakfast.

They say that men who have seen the world, thereby become quite at ease

in manner, quite self-possessed in company. Not always, though:

Ledyard, the great New England traveller, and Mungo Park, the Scotch

one; of all men, they possessed the least assurance in the parlor. But

parlor - Wohnzimmer, Salon, Empfangszimmer, Sprechzimmer

perhaps the mere crossing of Siberia in a sledge drawn by dogs as

Siberia - Sibirien

sledge - Vorschlaghammer, Schlitten, Hammer

Ledyard did, or the taking a long solitary walk on an empty stomach, in

solitary - einsam, einzeln

the negro heart of Africa, which was the sum of poor Mungos

performances"this kind of travel, I say, may not be the very best mode

of attaining a high social polish. Still, for the most part, that sort

polish - polnisch Polnisch

of thing is to be had anywhere.

These reflections just here are occasioned by the circumstance that

after we were all seated at the table, and I was preparing to hear some

good stories about whaling; to my no small surprise, nearly every man

maintained a profound silence. And not only that, but they looked

embarrassed. Yes, here were a set of sea-dogs, many of whom without the

slightest bashfulness had boarded great whales on the high seas"entire

bashfulness - Scham

strangers to them"and duelled them dead without winking; and yet, here

strangers - (stranger) Fremde, Fremdling, Unbekannte

duelled - (duel) Duell, Zweikampf, duellieren

winking - (wink) (mit einem) Augenzwinkern; (wink) (wink) (mit einem) Augenzwinkern

they sat at a social breakfast table"all of the same calling, all of

kindred tastes"looking round as sheepishly at each other as though they

kindred - Stammesbrder, Stammesgeschwister, Artgenossen, verwand

sheepishly - schchterne

had never been out of sight of some sheepfold among the Green

sheepfold - Schafstall, Schafhrde

Mountains. A curious sight; these bashful bears, these timid warrior

bashful - schchtern, verlegen, scheu

timid - furchtsam, zaghaft, zgerlich, schchtern


But as for Queequeg"why, Queequeg sat there among them"at the head of

the table, too, it so chanced; as cool as an icicle. To be sure I

icicle - Eiszapfen

cannot say much for his breeding. His greatest admirer could not have

admirer - Bewunderer, Bewundrerin, Bewunderin

cordially justified his bringing his harpoon into breakfast with him,

cordially - herzlich

and using it there without ceremony; reaching over the table with it,

to the imminent jeopardy of many heads, and grappling the beefsteaks

jeopardy - Gefahr, Risiko

grappling - herumschlagend, packend; (grapple) herumschlagend, packend

beefsteaks - (beefsteak) Beefsteak

towards him. But _that_ was certainly very coolly done by him, and

coolly - gelassen

every one knows that in most peoples estimation, to do anything coolly

estimation - Abschtzung, Wertschtzung, Meinung

is to do it genteelly.

genteelly - vornehme

We will not speak of all Queequegs peculiarities here; how he eschewed

peculiarities - (peculiarity) Singularitt, Einzigartigkeit, Besonderheit

eschewed - (eschew) meiden, scheuen

coffee and hot rolls, and applied his undivided attention to

undivided - ungeteilt

beefsteaks, done rare. Enough, that when breakfast was over he withdrew

like the rest into the public room, lighted his tomahawk-pipe, and was

sitting there quietly digesting and smoking with his inseparable hat

digesting - (digest) digerieren, verdauen;Übersicht

inseparable - untrennbar, unteilbar, unzertrennlich

on, when I sallied out for a stroll.

sallied - (sally) aufbrechen

stroll - Spaziergang, Bummel, spazieren gehen, bummeln, schlendern

CHAPTER 6. The Street.

If I had been astonished at first catching a glimpse of so outlandish

astonished - (astonish) erstaunen

an individual as Queequeg circulating among the polite society of a

civilized town, that astonishment soon departed upon taking my first

daylight stroll through the streets of New Bedford.

In thoroughfares nigh the docks, any considerable seaport will

thoroughfares - (thoroughfare) Durchfahrt, Durchgangsstrae, Hauptverkehrsstra

seaport - Seehafen, Hafenstadt,

frequently offer to view the queerest looking nondescripts from foreign

queerest - (queer) seltsam unwohl schwul, lesbisch, queer, Queers

nondescripts - (nondescript) unbestimmbar, unauffllig, unbestimmt, unscheinbar

parts. Even in Broadway and Chestnut streets, Mediterranean mariners

Chestnut - Kastanie, Esskastanie, Kastanienbraun, Fuchs

Mediterranean - mediterran

will sometimes jostle the affrighted ladies. Regent Street is not

jostle - drngeln Drngelei, Gedrngel, Gedrnge, Rempelei

affrighted - (affright) erschrecken

Regent - Regent, Regentin

unknown to Lascars and Malays; and at Bombay, in the Apollo Green, live

Malays - (Malay) malaiisch Malaiie, Malaiin, Malaiisch

Yankees have often scared the natives. But New Bedford beats all Water

Yankees - (Yankee) Ypsilon Ami, Yankee

Street and Wapping. In these last-mentioned haunts you see only

sailors; but in New Bedford, actual cannibals stand chatting at street

corners; savages outright; many of whom yet carry on their bones unholy

outright - gnzlich, ganz und gar, vollstndig, komplett

unholy - unheilig

flesh. It makes a stranger stare.

But, besides the Feegeeans, Tongatobooarrs, Erromanggoans, Pannangians,

Pannangians - Pannangianer

and Brighggians, and, besides the wild specimens of the whaling-craft

which unheeded reel about the streets, you will see other sights still

unheeded - unbeachtet

reel - Spule Haspel Demoband aufrollen drehen, kreisen, taumeln

more curious, certainly more comical. There weekly arrive in this town

more curious - neugierigere

scores of green Vermonters and New Hampshire men, all athirst for gain

and glory in the fishery. They are mostly young, of stalwart frames;

stalwart - krftig, robust, handfest, unerschtterlich, tapfer

fellows who have felled forests, and now seek to drop the axe and

felled - (fell) jdn. hinstrecken;fiel, gefallen

axe - Axt, Beil

snatch the whale-lance. Many are as green as the Green Mountains whence

snatch - klauen, stehlen, Reien

whence - woher von daher

they came. In some things you would think them but a few hours old.

Look there! that chap strutting round the corner. He wears a beaver hat

strutting - stolzierend, Verstrebung, verstrebend; (strut) stolzieren

and swallow-tailed coat, girdled with a sailor-belt and sheath-knife.

girdled - (girdle) Grtel, Hfthalter

sheath - Futteral

Here comes another with a sou-wester and a bombazine cloak.

bombazine - Bombazin

cloak - Umhang, Pelerine, Deckmantel, verhllen

No town-bred dandy will compare with a country-bred one"I mean a

dandy - Dandy, Pinkel, prima, schn, gut

downright bumpkin dandy"a fellow that, in the dog-days, will mow his

downright - geradezu

bumpkin - Hinterwldler, Bauerntlpel

mow - die Mhmaschine

two acres in buckskin gloves for fear of tanning his hands. Now when a

buckskin - Hirschleder

country dandy like this takes it into his head to make a distinguished

reputation, and joins the great whale-fishery, you should see the

comical things he does upon reaching the seaport. In bespeaking his

bespeaking - (bespeak) besprechen, diskutieren, mitteilen, vorbestelle

sea-outfit, he orders bell-buttons to his waistcoats; straps to his

waistcoats - (waistcoat) Weste,

straps - (strap) Riemen Streichriemen Achselklappe, Schulterklappe

canvas trowsers. Ah, poor Hay-Seed! how bitterly will burst those

Hay - Heu

bitterly - bitterlich

straps in the first howling gale, when thou art driven, straps,

buttons, and all, down the throat of the tempest.

tempest - Sturm ; (temp) Sturm

But think not that this famous town has only harpooneers, cannibals,

and bumpkins to show her visitors. Not at all. Still New Bedford is a

bumpkins - (bumpkin) Hinterwldler, Bauerntlpel

queer place. Had it not been for us whalemen, that tract of land would

tract - Gebiet, Teil

this day perhaps have been in as howling condition as the coast of

Labrador. As it is, parts of her back country are enough to frighten

one, they look so bony. The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to

bony - knchern grtig knochig

live in, in all New England. It is a land of oil, true enough: but not

like Canaan; a land, also, of corn and wine. The streets do not run

with milk; nor in the spring-time do they pave them with fresh eggs.

pave - mit Platten auslegen pflastern, bepflastern

Yet, in spite of this, nowhere in all America will you find more

patrician-like houses; parks and gardens more opulent, than in New

patrician - Patrizier

opulent - opulent, pomps, pomphaft

Bedford. Whence came they? how planted upon this once scraggy scoria of

scraggy - drr

scoria - Schlacke

a country?

Go and gaze upon the iron emblematical harpoons round yonder lofty

emblematical - symbolischer

lofty - hoch,

mansion, and your question will be answered. Yes; all these brave

mansion - Herrenhaus, Villa, Anwesen

houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian

flowery - Blumen-, blumig, blumengeschmckt

oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the

hither - her, hierher, hierhin

bottom of the sea. Can Herr Alexander perform a feat like that?

In New Bedford, fathers, they say, give whales for dowers to their

dowers - (dower) Leibzucht, Leibgedinge, Wittum

daughters, and portion off their nieces with a few porpoises a-piece.

nieces - (niece) Nichte

porpoises - (porpoise) Tmmler, Schweinswal

You must go to New Bedford to see a brilliant wedding; for, they say,

they have reservoirs of oil in every house, and every night recklessly

reservoirs - (reservoir) Reservoir Stausee

recklessly - leichtsinnig rcksichtslos

burn their lengths in spermaceti candles.

In summer time, the town is sweet to see; full of fine maples"long

maples - (maple) Ahorn

avenues of green and gold. And in August, high in air, the beautiful

and bountiful horse-chestnuts, candelabra-wise, proffer the passer-by

bountiful - freigebig, freigiebig

chestnuts - (chestnut) Kastanie, Esskastanie, Kastanienbraun, Fuchs

candelabra - Kandelaber; (candelabrum) Kandelaber

proffer - anbieten

their tapering upright cones of congregated blossoms. So omnipotent is

tapering - Zuspitzung, zuspitzend, Verjngung; (taper) Zuspitzun

cones - (cone) Kegel, Kegelmantel, Zapfen

congregated - (congregate) ansammeln, versammeln, zusammenkommen

blossoms - (blossom) Blte Bltezeit blhen, erblhen, aufblhen

omnipotent - allmchtig, omnipotent

art; which in many a district of New Bedford has superinduced bright

superinduced - (superinduce) einfhren

terraces of flowers upon the barren refuse rocks thrown aside at

terraces - (terrace) Dachterrasse Huserreihe; Huserflucht Stehtribne; Stehpltze

barren - steril, unfruchtbar, drr, karg, ausgetrocknet

refuse - Mll;abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

creations final day.

And the women of New Bedford, they bloom like their own red roses. But

bloom - Blte, Bltenpracht, Duft

roses - (rose) Rosa

roses only bloom in summer; whereas the fine carnation of their cheeks

carnation - Gartennelke, Nelke

is perennial as sunlight in the seventh heavens. Elsewhere match that

perennial - ganzjhrig dauerhaft wiederkehrend mehrjhrig

sunlight - Sonnenlicht

bloom of theirs, ye cannot, save in Salem, where they tell me the young

girls breathe such musk, their sailor sweethearts smell them miles off

musk - Moschus, Bisam

sweethearts - (sweetheart) Schatz, herzensguter Mensch, Seele von Mensc

shore, as though they were drawing nigh the odorous Moluccas instead of

odorous - riechend

the Puritanic sands.

Puritanic - Puritanisch

CHAPTER 7. The Chapel.

In this same New Bedford there stands a Whalemans Chapel, and few are

the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who

moody - launisch mrrisch schwermtig

fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot. I am sure that I did not.

Returning from my first morning stroll, I again sallied out upon this

special errand. The sky had changed from clear, sunny cold, to driving

errand - Besorgung, Auftrag

sunny - sonnig, heiter

sleet and mist. Wrapping myself in my shaggy jacket of the cloth called

sleet - Eiskorn Schneeregen Eisregen

mist - Nebel

bearskin, I fought my way against the stubborn storm. Entering, I found

bearskin - Brenfell

stubborn - stur, dickkpfig

a small scattered congregation of sailors, and sailors wives and

widows. A muffled silence reigned, only broken at times by the shrieks

shrieks - (shriek) Kreischen

of the storm. Each silent worshipper seemed purposely sitting apart

worshipper - Anbeter, Anbeterin

purposely - absichtlich

from the other, as if each silent grief were insular and

incommunicable. The chaplain had not yet arrived; and there these

incommunicable - nicht auszudrcken, nicht mitteilsam

chaplain - Kaplan, Kaplanin, Seelsorger, Seelsorgerin

silent islands of men and women sat steadfastly eyeing several marble

steadfastly - unbeweglich

marble - Marmor Murmel marmorieren

tablets, with black borders, masoned into the wall on either side the

masoned - (mason) Maurer

pulpit. Three of them ran something like the following, but I do not

pretend to quote:"

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN TALBOT, Who, at the age of eighteen, was

lost overboard, Near the Isle of Desolation, off Patagonia, _November_

overboard - ber Bord

Isle - Eiland

Desolation - Verwsten, Verwstung, Verwstetsein, Verlassenheit

Patagonia - Patagonien

1_st_, 1836. THIS TABLET Is erected to his Memory BY HIS SISTER.



CANNY - umsichtig

crews OF THE SHIP ELIZA Who were towed out of sight by a Whale, On the

towed - (tow) Werg;abschleppen, schleppen

Off-shore Ground in the PACIFIC, _December_ 31_st_, 1839. THIS MARBLE

Is here placed by their surviving SHIPMATES.


HARDY - abgehrtet, widerstandsfhig

bows - Bcklinge, Bgen; (bow) Bcklinge, Bgen

of his boat was killed by a Sperm Whale on the coast of Japan, _August_

3_d_, 1833. THIS TABLET Is erected to his Memory BY HIS WIDOW.

Shaking off the sleet from my ice-glazed hat and jacket, I seated

glazed - (glaze) Glasur Reif glasieren

myself near the door, and turning sideways was surprised to see

sideways - (sideway) Seitenweg

Queequeg near me. Affected by the solemnity of the scene, there was a

solemnity - Hochfest

wondering gaze of incredulous curiosity in his countenance. This savage

incredulous - unglubig, skeptisch

countenance - Antlitz, Gesichtsausdruck, Miene, Untersttzung, Fassun

was the only person present who seemed to notice my entrance; because

he was the only one who could not read, and, therefore, was not reading

those frigid inscriptions on the wall. Whether any of the relatives of

frigid - kalt

inscriptions - (inscription) Inschrift Aufschrift, Mnzaufschrift, Widmung

the seamen whose names appeared there were now among the congregation,

I knew not; but so many are the unrecorded accidents in the fishery,

unrecorded - nicht verzeichnet

and so plainly did several women present wear the countenance if not

the trappings of some unceasing grief, that I feel sure that here

trappings - (trapping) in die Falle lockend, einfangend

unceasing - unaufhrlich

before me were assembled those, in whose unhealing hearts the sight of

unhealing - unheilbar

those bleak tablets sympathetically caused the old wounds to bleed

sympathetically - sympathische


afresh - neu, wieder

Oh! ye whose dead lie buried beneath the green grass; who standing

among flowers can say"here, _here_ lies my beloved; ye know not the

desolation that broods in bosoms like these. What bitter blanks in

broods - (brood) Brut brten, grbeln

bosoms - (bosom) Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund (bosom buddy)

those black-bordered marbles which cover no ashes! What despair in

marbles - (marble) Marmor Murmel marmorieren

despair - verzweifeln Verzweiflung

those immovable inscriptions! What deadly voids and unbidden

immovable - unbeweglich

voids - (void) nichtig

unbidden - ungebeten, unberufen

infidelities in the lines that seem to gnaw upon all Faith, and refuse

infidelities - (infidelity) Untreue

gnaw - nagen, kauen, knabbern, verfolgen

resurrections to the beings who have placelessly perished without a

resurrections - (Resurrection) Wiederauferstehung

beings - (being) Wesen, Geschpf, Sein, Dasein

placelessly - ortlos

perished - (perish) verderben, schlecht werden, umkommen, ums Leben komme

grave. As well might those tablets stand in the cave of Elephanta as


In what census of living creatures, the dead of mankind are included;

census - Zensus, Volkszhlung, Befragung, Bevlkerungszhlung

mankind - Menschheit, Menschengeschlecht, Mann

why it is that a universal proverb says of them, that they tell no

proverb - Sprichwort, Denkspruch, Redensart; Proverb

tales, though containing more secrets than the Goodwin Sands; how it is

that to his name who yesterday departed for the other world, we prefix

prefix - Prfix, Vorsilbe, prfigieren

so significant and infidel a word, and yet do not thus entitle him, if

infidel - Unglubiger, Unglubige

he but embarks for the remotest Indies of this living earth; why the

Life Insurance Companies pay death-forfeitures upon immortals; in what

forfeitures - (forfeiture) (selbstverschuldeter) Verlust

immortals - (Immortal) unsterblich unvergesslich

eternal, unstirring paralysis, and deadly, hopeless trance, yet lies

unstirring - aufrttelnd

paralysis - Paralyse, Lhmung

trance - Trance

antique Adam who died sixty round centuries ago; how it is that we

antique - antik Antiquitt

still refuse to be comforted for those who we nevertheless maintain are

dwelling in unspeakable bliss; why all the living so strive to hush all

dwelling - Wohnung, Behausung; (dwell) leben, verbleiben, wohnen, verweilen

unspeakable - unsglich

bliss - Glckseligkeit, Glck

hush - verstummen, still werden, zum Schweigen bringen, Stille, Ruhe

the dead; wherefore but the rumor of a knocking in a tomb will terrify

rumor - Gercht Gercht

a whole city. All these things are not without their meanings.

meanings - (meaning) Bedeutung, Sinn

But Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these

jackal - Schakal, Schakalin

feeds - (feed) Zufhrung, Papierzufhrung, Zufuhr;verpflegen, hege

tombs - (tomb) Grabmal, Gruft

dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.

It needs scarcely to be told, with what feelings, on the eve of a

scarcely - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

eve - Vorabend

Nantucket voyage, I regarded those marble tablets, and by the murky

murky - dster, trb

light of that darkened, doleful day read the fate of the whalemen who

darkened - (darken) verdunkeln

doleful - traurig, trbsinnig

had gone before me. Yes, Ishmael, the same fate may be thine. But

thine - dein deiner, der deine

somehow I grew merry again. Delightful inducements to embark, fine

merry - frhlich, heiter

Delightful - reizvoll, entzckend, angenehm

chance for promotion, it seems"aye, a stove boat will make me an

aye - gewiss, Ja-Stimme

immortal by brevet. Yes, there is death in this business of whaling"a

immortal - unsterblich unvergesslich

speechlessly quick chaotic bundling of a man into Eternity. But what

speechlessly - sprachlos

chaotic - chaotisch

bundling - zusammenbindend

Eternity - Ewigkeit

then? Methinks we have hugely mistaken this matter of Life and Death.

Methinks - mich dnken

hugely - enorme, ungeheuer

Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true

substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too

much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking

oysters - (oyster) Auster Pfaffenschnittchen, Pfaffenstckchen

that thick water the thinnest of air. Methinks my body is but the lees

lees - (Lee) Windschatten, Lee, Schutz

of my better being. In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is

not me. And therefore three cheers for Nantucket; and come a stove boat

and stove body when they will, for stave my soul, Jove himself cannot.

stave - Daube Sprosse Strophe, Vers, Notenlinien, Notensystem

CHAPTER 8. The Pulpit.

I had not been seated very long ere a man of a certain venerable

venerable - ehrwrdig, geschtzt, respektabel, verehrenswer

robustness entered; immediately as the storm-pelted door flew back upon

robustness - Robustheit

pelted - (pelt) Fell (ungegerbt);bombardieren (ugs. bewerfen)

admitting him, a quick regardful eyeing of him by all the congregation,

regardful - achtsam

sufficiently attested that this fine old man was the chaplain. Yes, it

attested - (attest) attestieren, beglaubigen

was the famous Father Mapple, so called by the whalemen, among whom he

was a very great favourite. He had been a sailor and a harpooneer in

his youth, but for many years past had dedicated his life to the

ministry. At the time I now write of, Father Mapple was in the hardy

winter of a healthy old age; that sort of old age which seems merging

into a second flowering youth, for among all the fissures of his

fissures - (fissure) Riss, Spalte, rissig werden

wrinkles, there shone certain mild gleams of a newly developing

wrinkles - (wrinkle) sich runzeln, runzlig (runzelig) werden, knittern

gleams - (gleam) Schimmer;durchschimmern, glnzen

bloom"the spring verdure peeping forth even beneath Februarys snow. No

verdure - Grn, Wuchs, Pflanzenwuchs, Kraft

peeping - (peep) (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucke

one having previously heard his history, could for the first time

behold Father Mapple without the utmost interest, because there were

utmost - uerst, hchst, uerstes, Mglichstes

certain engrafted clerical peculiarities about him, imputable to that

engrafted - (engraft) transplantieren

clerical - klerikal, geistlich, priesterlich

imputable - zuzuschreiben

adventurous maritime life he had led. When he entered I observed that

maritime - See

he carried no umbrella, and certainly had not come in his carriage, for

his tarpaulin hat ran down with melting sleet, and his great pilot

tarpaulin - (tarpauling) Planen

cloth jacket seemed almost to drag him to the floor with the weight of

the water it had absorbed. However, hat and coat and overshoes were one

overshoes - (overshoe) berschuh

by one removed, and hung up in a little space in an adjacent corner;

when, arrayed in a decent suit, he quietly approached the pulpit.

Like most old fashioned pulpits, it was a very lofty one, and since a

pulpits - (pulpit) Kanzel; i ot or just slightly raised

regular stairs to such a height would, by its long angle with the

floor, seriously contract the already small area of the chapel, the

architect, it seemed, had acted upon the hint of Father Mapple, and

finished the pulpit without a stairs, substituting a perpendicular side

ladder, like those used in mounting a ship from a boat at sea. The wife

of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of

handsome - hbsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich, schmuck

red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely

worsted - (worst) (bad) schlimm, verdorben, arg, ungezoge

nicely - gut

headed, and stained with a mahogany colour, the whole contrivance,

mahogany - Mahagoni Mahagonibaum

contrivance - Vorrichtung, Maschinerie, Apparat, Behelf

considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad

taste. Halting for an instant at the foot of the ladder, and with both

hands grasping the ornamental knobs of the man-ropes, Father Mapple

ornamental - Zier-, dekorativ, Zierpflanze

knobs - (knob) Knopf, Knauf

cast a look upwards, and then with a truly sailor-like but still

reverential dexterity, hand over hand, mounted the steps as if

reverential - ehrfrchtig, ehrerbietig, ehrerbietigen

dexterity - Fingerfertigkeit, Geschicklichkeit, Gewandtheit

ascending the main-top of his vessel.

ascending - (ascend) steigen, aufsteigen

The perpendicular parts of this side ladder, as is usually the case

with swinging ones, were of cloth-covered rope, only the rounds were of

wood, so that at every step there was a joint. At my first glimpse of

the pulpit, it had not escaped me that however convenient for a ship,

these joints in the present instance seemed unnecessary. For I was not

prepared to see Father Mapple after gaining the height, slowly turn

round, and stooping over the pulpit, deliberately drag up the ladder

step by step, till the whole was deposited within, leaving him

impregnable in his little Quebec.

impregnable - unangreifbar, unbezwinglich, unberwindlich

Quebec - Qubec Quebec

I pondered some time without fully comprehending the reason for this.

comprehending - (comprehend) umfassen verstehen, begreifen, erfassen, einsehen

Father Mapple enjoyed such a wide reputation for sincerity and

sincerity - Aufrichtigkeit, Ehrlichkeit

sanctity, that I could not suspect him of courting notoriety by any

sanctity - Heiligkeit

notoriety - Notoritt, schlechter Ruf, Allbekanntheit, traurige Berhmtheit

mere tricks of the stage. No, thought I, there must be some sober

reason for this thing; furthermore, it must symbolize something unseen.

symbolize - symbolisieren

unseen - unbesehen, unsichtbar

Can it be, then, that by that act of physical isolation, he signifies

signifies - (signify) bedeuten

his spiritual withdrawal for the time, from all outward worldly ties

outward - uerlich, auswrts

and connexions? Yes, for replenished with the meat and wine of the

connexions - (connexion) Verbindung;Anbindung, Verbindung

replenished - (replenish) wieder auffllen, wieder aufstocken

word, to the faithful man of God, this pulpit, I see, is a

faithful - treu

self-containing stronghold"a lofty Ehrenbreitstein, with a perennial

stronghold - Festung Hochburg

well of water within the walls.

But the side ladder was not the only strange feature of the place,

borrowed from the chaplains former sea-farings. Between the marble

cenotaphs on either hand of the pulpit, the wall which formed its back

cenotaphs - (cenotaph) Ehrenmal, Kenotaph, Scheingrab

was adorned with a large painting representing a gallant ship beating

adorned - (adorn) schmcken, zieren, verzieren

gallant - Galan (galanter Mann), galant, Verehrer

against a terrible storm off a lee coast of black rocks and snowy

snowy - Schnee

breakers. But high above the flying scud and dark-rolling clouds, there

breakers - (breaker) Zwischenbau (Diagonal);Öffnerkontakt am Relai

scud - fliehen, eilen, jagen, lenzen (Naut.);B, Windsto

floated a little isle of sunlight, from which beamed forth an angels

face; and this bright face shed a distinct spot of radiance upon the

radiance - Glanz

ships tossed deck, something like that silver plate now inserted into

silver plate - Silbergeschirr

the Victorys plank where Nelson fell. Ah, noble ship, the angel

seemed to say, beat on, beat on, thou noble ship, and bear a hardy

helm; for lo! the sun is breaking through; the clouds are rolling

helm - Pinne, Ruder, Steuer, Steuerruder

off"serenest azure is at hand.

serenest - (serene) heiter

Nor was the pulpit itself without a trace of the same sea-taste that

had achieved the ladder and the picture. Its panelled front was in the

likeness of a ships bluff bows, and the Holy Bible rested on a

likeness - Gestalt Abbild

bluff - tuschen;Bluff

Bible - Bibel

projecting piece of scroll work, fashioned after a ships fiddle-headed

scroll - Schriftrolle, Buchrolle, Volute, Schnrkel

fiddle - Schiffsgelnder fummeln


beak - Schnabel, Zinken

What could be more full of meaning?"for the pulpit is ever this earths

foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the

foremost - vorderster

world. From thence it is the storm of Gods quick wrath is first

wrath - Zorn, Wut, rger, Ingrimm , Vergeltung

descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is

descried - (descry) wahrnehmen, erkennen, entdecken, herauslesen

brunt - Hauptlast, Wucht, Hauptsache, aushalten, ertragen

the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favourable winds.

Yes, the worlds a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete;

and the pulpit is its prow.

prow - Bug

CHAPTER 9. The Sermon.

Sermon - Predigt

Father Mapple rose, and in a mild voice of unassuming authority ordered

unassuming - bescheiden, anspruchslos, unaufdringlich, unprtentis

the scattered people to condense. Starboard gangway, there! side away

condense - kondensieren, verkleinern

gangway - Gang, Gangway, Landungsbrcke, Durchgang, Mach Platz!

to larboard"larboard gangway to starboard! Midships! midships!

larboard - Backbord, backbord

starboard - Steuerbord

Midships - (midship) Mittschiffs

There was a low rumbling of heavy sea-boots among the benches, and a

rumbling - Donnern; (rumble) Poltern, Rumpeln, hunder, Schlgere

still slighter shuffling of womens shoes, and all was quiet again, and

shuffling - schlurfend, schiebend; (shuffle) Mischen, Mischeln , Schlurfen

every eye on the preacher.

preacher - Prediger

He paused a little; then kneeling in the pulpits bows, folded his

kneeling - kniend, hinkniend; (kneel) knien

large brown hands across his chest, uplifted his closed eyes, and

uplifted - (uplift) hochheben, erheben

offered a prayer so deeply devout that he seemed kneeling and praying

offered - (offer) offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen;Antrag, Offert

devout - tiefglubig, andchtig, strengglubig

at the bottom of the sea.

This ended, in prolonged solemn tones, like the continual tolling of a

prolonged - (prolong) ausdehnen verlngern hinauszgern

solemn - feierlich ernst

continual - dauernd, stetig, stets, fortwhrend

bell in a ship that is foundering at sea in a fog"in such tones he

fog - umnebeln, verschleiern;(dicker) Nebel, Nebel

commenced reading the following hymn; but changing his manner towards

hymn - Hymne (''now rare in this sense'') Hymnus, Kirchenlie

the concluding stanzas, burst forth with a pealing exultation and joy"

stanzas - (stanza) Strophe

pealing - erschallend, lutend; (peal) erschallend, lutend

exultation - Jubel

The ribs and terrors in the whale, Arched over me a dismal gloom,

While all Gods sun-lit waves rolled by, And lift me deepening down

deepening - (deepen) aushlen, vertiefen, zunehmen, vergrern

to doom.

I saw the opening maw of hell, With endless pains and sorrows there;

maw - Labmagen

sorrows - (sorrow) Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge

Which none but they that feel can tell" Oh, I was plunging to


In black distress, I called my God, When I could scarce believe him

mine, He bowed his ear to my complaints" No more the whale did me

bowed - (bow) Verneigung (vor), Verbeugung;Bogen, Bug (Schiff


With speed he flew to my relief, As on a radiant dolphin borne;

radiant - Radiant

dolphin - Delphin

Awful, yet bright, as lightning shone The face of my Deliverer God.

Deliverer - Befreier

My song for ever shall record That terrible, that joyful hour; I

joyful - freudig, erfreulich, erfreut

give the glory to my God, His all the mercy and the power.

Nearly all joined in singing this hymn, which swelled high above the

swelled - (swell) Schwellen

howling of the storm. A brief pause ensued; the preacher slowly turned

over the leaves of the Bible, and at last, folding his hand down upon

the proper page, said: Beloved shipmates, clinch the last verse of the

clinch - Clinch

first chapter of Jonah"And God had prepared a great fish to swallow up


Shipmates, this book, containing only four chapters"four yarns"is one

yarns - (yarn) Garn Tau

of the smallest strands in the mighty cable of the Scriptures. Yet what

Scriptures - (Scripture) Heilige Schrift

depths of the soul does Jonahs deep sealine sound! what a pregnant

lesson to us is this prophet! What a noble thing is that canticle in

canticle - Canticum, Cantica, Kirchenlied

the fishs belly! How billow-like and boisterously grand! We feel the

billow - Woge wabern, wogen, bauschen

boisterously - heftige, ungestm, heftig

floods surging over us; we sound with him to the kelpy bottom of the

waters; sea-weed and all the slime of the sea is about us! But _what_

slime - Schleim

is this lesson that the book of Jonah teaches? Shipmates, it is a

two-stranded lesson; a lesson to us all as sinful men, and a lesson to

sinful - sndig, sndhaft, frevelhaft

me as a pilot of the living God. As sinful men, it is a lesson to us

all, because it is a story of the sin, hard-heartedness, suddenly

awakened fears, the swift punishment, repentance, prayers, and finally

awakened - (awaken) aufwecken, aufwachen, erwachen, wach werden

repentance - Reue

the deliverance and joy of Jonah. As with all sinners among men, the

deliverance - Auslieferung, Abgabe, Erlsung, Befreiung

sinners - (sinner) Snder, Snderin

sin of this son of Amittai was in his wilful disobedience of the

wilful - vorstzlich, absichtlich, willentlich, eigenwillig, eigensinnig

disobedience - Ungehorsam

command of God"never mind now what that command was, or how

conveyed"which he found a hard command. But all the things that God

would have us do are hard for us to do"remember that"and hence, he

oftener commands us than endeavors to persuade. And if we obey God, we

endeavors - (endeavor) Bemhung, Bestreben, Unternehmen, Unterfange

must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein

disobeying - (disobey) missachten nicht gehorchen

wherein - worin

the hardness of obeying God consists.

hardness - Hrte

With this sin of disobedience in him, Jonah still further flouts at

flouts - (flout) sich hinwegsetzen ber, missachten, pfeifen au

God, by seeking to flee from Him. He thinks that a ship made by men

will carry him into countries where God does not reign, but only the

Captains of this earth. He skulks about the wharves of Joppa, and seeks

skulks - (skulk) sich verstecken

a ship thats bound for Tarshish. There lurks, perhaps, a hitherto

lurks - (lurk) lauern

hitherto - bis zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt, bis jetzt, bis zu diesem Zeitpunk

unheeded meaning here. By all accounts Tarshish could have been no

other city than the modern Cadiz. Thats the opinion of learned men.

And where is Cadiz, shipmates? Cadiz is in Spain; as far by water, from

Joppa, as Jonah could possibly have sailed in those ancient days, when

the Atlantic was an almost unknown sea. Because Joppa, the modern

Jaffa, shipmates, is on the most easterly coast of the Mediterranean,

Jaffa - Jaffa

easterly - stlich

the Syrian; and Tarshish or Cadiz more than two thousand miles to the

Syrian - syrisch Syrer, Syrerin, Syrier, Syrierin

westward from that, just outside the Straits of Gibraltar. See ye not

westward - westwrts

Straits - (strait) Meerenge, Strae

then, shipmates, that Jonah sought to flee world-wide from God?

Miserable man! Oh! most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with

most contemptible - verchtlichste

scorn - verachten verschmhen verspotten Verachtung

slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the

slouched - (slouch) herumlungern, herumhngen, Durchhnger, Schlafmtz

skulking - herumschleichend, schleichend; (skulk) sich verstecken

prowling - herumtreibend; (prowl) durchstreifen, herumstreifen

shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas. So

burglar - Einbrecher, Einbrecherin, Dieb, Diebin

hastening to - zueilend

disordered, self-condemning is his look, that had there been policemen

in those days, Jonah, on the mere suspicion of something wrong, had

been arrested ere he touched a deck. How plainly hes a fugitive! no

fugitive - Flchtling flchtig, vorbergehend, kurzlebig

baggage, not a hat-box, valise, or carpet-bag,"no friends accompany him

baggage - Gepck, Reisegepck

valise - kleiner Handkoffer

to the wharf with their adieux. At last, after much dodging search, he

wharf - Kai, Wharf

dodging - (dodge) ausweichen, beiseite springen, umgehen

finds the Tarshish ship receiving the last items of her cargo; and as

he steps on board to see its Captain in the cabin, all the sailors for

the moment desist from hoisting in the goods, to mark the strangers

desist - aufhren

hoisting - (hoist) hochziehen, hissen, Hebezeug

evil eye. Jonah sees this; but in vain he tries to look all ease and

confidence; in vain essays his wretched smile. Strong intuitions of the

intuitions - (intuition) Ahnung, Anschauung, Eingebung, Einfhlungsvermgen

man assure the mariners he can be no innocent. In their gamesome but

gamesome - spielerisch

still serious way, one whispers to the other"Jack, hes robbed a

widow; or, Joe, do you mark him; hes a bigamist; or, Harry lad, I

bigamist - Bigamist

guess hes the adulterer that broke jail in old Gomorrah, or belike,

adulterer - Ehebrecher, Ehebrecherin

belike - (arch) Gewlbe, Bogen, Furcken

one of the missing murderers from Sodom. Another runs to read the bill

murderers - (murderer) Mrder, Mrderin

Sodom - Sodom

thats stuck against the spile upon the wharf to which the ship is

moored, offering five hundred gold coins for the apprehension of a

apprehension - Greifen, Ergreifen, Fassen, Anfassen

parricide, and containing a description of his person. He reads, and

parricide - Verwandtenmrder, Verwandtenmrderin, Elternmrder , Parrizi

looks from Jonah to the bill; while all his sympathetic shipmates now

crowd round Jonah, prepared to lay their hands upon him. Frighted Jonah

crowd round - sich scharen um

Frighted - (fright) Angst, Schreck, Schrecken

trembles, and summoning all his boldness to his face, only looks so

trembles - (tremble) zittern Zittern

summoning - (summon) auffordern, vorladen

much the more a coward. He will not confess himself suspected; but that

itself is strong suspicion. So he makes the best of it; and when the

sailors find him not to be the man that is advertised, they let him

pass, and he descends into the cabin.

Whos there? cries the Captain at his busy desk, hurriedly making

hurriedly - eilig, hastig, schleuning

out his papers for the Customs"Whos there? Oh! how that harmless

harmless - harmlos, unschdlich, ungefhrlich

question mangles Jonah! For the instant he almost turns to flee again.

mangles - (mangle) zerfleischen, verstmmeln

But he rallies. I seek a passage in this ship to Tarshish; how soon

sail ye, sir? Thus far the busy Captain had not looked up to Jonah,

though the man now stands before him; but no sooner does he hear that

hollow voice, than he darts a scrutinizing glance. We sail with the

darts - (dart) Pfeil, Satz

scrutinizing - (scrutinize) grndlich prfen, hinterfrage

next coming tide, at last he slowly answered, still intently eyeing

intently - angespannt, aufmerksam, konzentriert

him. No sooner, sir?"Soon enough for any honest man that goes a

passenger. Ha! Jonah, thats another stab. But he swiftly calls away

swiftly - schnell, flink, behnde

the Captain from that scent. Ill sail with ye,"he says,"the passage

scent - Geruch, Duft, Parfm, Parfum, Fhrte, Geruch (1, 3

money how much is that?"Ill pay now. For it is particularly written,

shipmates, as if it were a thing not to be overlooked in this history,

that he paid the fare thereof ere the craft did sail. And taken with

the context, this is full of meaning.

Now Jonahs Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects

discernment - Diskriminierung, Urteilsvermgen, Einsicht

crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless. In

cupidity - Habgier

penniless - mittellos, ohne Geld, ohne einen Pfennig

this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and

without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all

pauper - Bettelknabe, Armer, Untersttzungsempfnger

frontiers. So Jonahs Captain prepares to test the length of Jonahs

frontiers - (frontier) Grenze, Landesgrenze, Staatsgrenze

purse, ere he judge him openly. He charges him thrice the usual sum;

thrice - dreimal

and its assented to. Then the Captain knows that Jonah is a fugitive;

assented - (assent) zustimmen, behaupten

but at the same time resolves to help a flight that paves its rear with

paves - (pave) mit Platten auslegen pflastern, bepflastern

gold. Yet when Jonah fairly takes out his purse, prudent suspicions

prudent - umsichtig, vorsichtig

still molest the Captain. He rings every coin to find a counterfeit.

molest - belstigen

rings - (ring) Ring, Kreis

counterfeit - geflscht, nachgemacht, unecht, Falsch-, Flschung, flschen

Not a forger, any way, he mutters; and Jonah is put down for his

forger - Flscher, Flscherin, Schmied, Schmiedin

mutters - (mutter) murmeln

passage. Point out my state-room, Sir, says Jonah now, Im

travel-weary; I need sleep. Thou lookest like it, says the Captain,

theres thy room. Jonah enters, and would lock the door, but the lock

thy - dein

contains no key. Hearing him foolishly fumbling there, the Captain

foolishly - dummerweise (aus Dummheit), albernes

laughs lowly to himself, and mutters something about the doors of

convicts cells being never allowed to be locked within. All dressed

and dusty as he is, Jonah throws himself into his berth, and finds the

berth - Koje, Schlafplatz, Landungsplatz, Ladeplatz, Liegeplatz

little state-room ceiling almost resting on his forehead. The air is

close, and Jonah gasps. Then, in that contracted hole, sunk, too,

gasps - (gasp) keuchen japsen, prusten, Atemzug, Luftholen

beneath the ships water-line, Jonah feels the heralding presentiment

heralding - (herald) Herold, Bote, Vorbote

presentiment - Vorahnung

of that stifling hour, when the whale shall hold him in the smallest of

stifling - erstickend; (stifle) erstickend

his bowels wards.

Screwed at its axis against the side, a swinging lamp slightly

axis - Achse

oscillates in Jonahs room; and the ship, heeling over towards the

oscillates - (oscillate) schwingen, pendeln, oszilieren, vibrieren

wharf with the weight of the last bales received, the lamp, flame and

all, though in slight motion, still maintains a permanent obliquity

obliquity - Unregelmigkeit, Schiefheit, Schiefe

with reference to the room; though, in truth, infallibly straight

itself, it but made obvious the false, lying levels among which it

hung. The lamp alarms and frightens Jonah; as lying in his berth his

tormented eyes roll round the place, and this thus far successful

fugitive finds no refuge for his restless glance. But that

contradiction in the lamp more and more appals him. The floor, the

appals - (appal) erschrecken, entsetzen

ceiling, and the side, are all awry. Oh! so my conscience hangs in

awry - schief, fehlerhaft, falsch, verkehrt

me! he groans, straight upwards, so it burns; but the chambers of my

groans - (groan) Sthnen Seufzen, chzen, Knarren

soul are all in crookedness!

Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still

hies - (hie) eilen

reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the

reeling - Taumel ; (reel) Spule Haspel Demoband aufrollen drehe

pricking - stechenden; (prick) stechenden

plungings - (plunging) tauchend

Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him;

race horse - (race-horse) Rennpferd

as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy

giddy - schwindelig schwindelerregend aufgedreht, ausgelasse

anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at

anguish - Pein, Angst, Qual

annihilation - Vernichtung, Zerstrung, Annihilation

last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as

whirl - wirbeln, lschnell, Wirbeln, Wirbel, Trubel, Durcheinande

woe - Weh, Jammer, Kummer, Leid

stupor - Sopor, Topor

over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and

theres naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth,

staunch - loyal, vertrauensvoll, treu, beharrlich, ausdauernd, stillen

wrestlings - Wrestling

Jonahs prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.

prodigy - Orakel Wunder Wunderkind

And now the time of tide has come; the ship casts off her cables; and

from the deserted wharf the uncheered ship for Tarshish, all careening,

uncheered - ungebgelt

careening - (careen) kielholen krngen schlingern

glides to sea. That ship, my friends, was the first of recorded

glides - (glide) gleiten gleiten lassen

smugglers! the contraband was Jonah. But the sea rebels; he will not

smugglers - (smuggler) Schmuggler, Schmugglerin

contraband - Schmuggelware, Kontrebande

bear the wicked burden. A dreadful storm comes on, the ship is like to

wicked - bse; (wick) bse

break. But now when the boatswain calls all hands to lighten her; when

boatswain - Bootsmann

lighten - erleuchten, erhellen

boxes, bales, and jars are clattering overboard; when the wind is

jars - (jar) Topf, Krug, Glasgef

clattering - (clatter) klappern, poltern, Geklapper, Gepolter, Klappern

shrieking, and the men are yelling, and every plank thunders with

shrieking - kreischend; (shriek) Kreischen

thunders - (thunder) Donner Donnern

trampling feet right over Jonahs head; in all this raging tumult,

trampling - zerstampfend, Getrampel, trampelnd; (trample) trampel

tumult - Tumult, Krach, Lrm, lautes Stimmengewirr

Jonah sleeps his hideous sleep. He sees no black sky and raging sea,

hideous - scheulich abscheulich

feels not the reeling timbers, and little hears he or heeds he the far

heeds - (heed) beherzigen, beachten

rush of the mighty whale, which even now with open mouth is cleaving

cleaving - klebend; (cleave) klebend

the seas after him. Aye, shipmates, Jonah was gone down into the sides

of the ship"a berth in the cabin as I have taken it, and was fast

asleep. But the frightened master comes to him, and shrieks in his dead

ear, What meanest thou, O, sleeper! arise! Startled from his lethargy

sleeper - Schwelle (Gleis), Schlfer

Startled - (startle) aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

lethargy - Trgheit, Lethargie, Teilnahmslosigkeit, Interesselosigkeit

by that direful cry, Jonah staggers to his feet, and stumbling to the

staggers - (stagger) Staffelung;abstufen, staffeln, wanken

deck, grasps a shroud, to look out upon the sea. But at that moment he

shroud - Leichentuch, Totenhemd

is sprung upon by a panther billow leaping over the bulwarks. Wave

panther - Panther, Panter

after wave thus leaps into the ship, and finding no speedy vent runs

speedy - schnell

vent - entlften

roaring fore and aft, till the mariners come nigh to drowning while yet

aft - hinten

afloat. And ever, as the white moon shows her affrighted face from the

afloat - schuldenfrei, ber Wasser

steep gullies in the blackness overhead, aghast Jonah sees the rearing

gullies - (gully) Abzugskanal, Rinne, Senkloch

overhead - von oben, darber, berkopf-

aghast - bestrzt, zutiefst erschrocken, fassungslos

bowsprit pointing high upward, but soon beat downward again towards the

upward - ansteigend, aufwrts

downward - abwrts, nach unten, runter, nach unten gehend, absteigend

tormented deep.

Terrors upon terrors run shouting through his soul. In all his

cringing attitudes, the God-fugitive is now too plainly known. The

cringing - kriechend, hndisch; (cringe) erschaudern, krieche

sailors mark him; more and more certain grow their suspicions of him,

and at last, fully to test the truth, by referring the whole matter to

high Heaven, they fall to casting lots, to see for whose cause this

great tempest was upon them. The lot is Jonahs; that discovered, then

how furiously they mob him with their questions. What is thine

occupation? Whence comest thou? Thy country? What people? But mark now,

comest - (arch) Gewlbe, Bogen, Furcken

my shipmates, the behavior of poor Jonah. The eager mariners but ask

behavior - Verhalten, Benehmen, Betragen, Verhaltensweise

him who he is, and where from; whereas, they not only receive an answer

to those questions, but likewise another answer to a question not put

by them, but the unsolicited answer is forced from Jonah by the hard

unsolicited - unaufgefordert, unerbeten, unverlangt

hand of God that is upon him.

I am a Hebrew, he cries"and then"I fear the Lord the God of Heaven

who hath made the sea and the dry land! Fear him, O Jonah? Aye, well

hath - hat (veraltet)

mightest thou fear the Lord God _then!_ Straightway, he now goes on to

mightest - (might) kann, knnte, mag, Macht

Straightway - schnurstracks

make a full confession; whereupon the mariners became more and more

whereupon - worauf

appalled, but still are pitiful. For when Jonah, not yet supplicating

appalled - (appal) erschrecken, entsetzen

pitiful - erbrmlich, klglich, jmmerlich, mitleiderregend

God for mercy, since he but too well knew the darkness of his

deserts,"when wretched Jonah cries out to them to take him and cast him

forth into the sea, for he knew that for _his_ sake this great tempest

was upon them; they mercifully turn from him, and seek by other means

mercifully - barmherzige, mitleidig

to save the ship. But all in vain; the indignant gale howls louder;

indignant - emprt

howls - (howl) Heulen, jaulen

then, with one hand raised invokingly to God, with the other they not

invokingly - auffordernd

unreluctantly lay hold of Jonah.

unreluctantly - widerstrebend

And now behold Jonah taken up as an anchor and dropped into the sea;

when instantly an oily calmness floats out from the east, and the sea

oily - lig lhaltig

calmness - Ruhe, Gelassenheit, Gemtsruhe

is still, as Jonah carries down the gale with him, leaving smooth water

behind. He goes down in the whirling heart of such a masterless

whirling - (whirl) strudeln, wirbeln; (whirl) wirbeln, lschnell, Wirbel

masterless - herrenlos

commotion that he scarce heeds the moment when he drops seething into

commotion - Aufregung Spektakel , Theater, Zirkus, Aufstand

seething - wtend; (seethe) kochen, sieden, schumen, sprudeln

the yawning jaws awaiting him; and the whale shoots-to all his ivory

yawning - (yawn) ghnen; (yawn) ghnen Ghnen

teeth, like so many white bolts, upon his prison. Then Jonah prayed

bolts - (bolt) Riegel, Ballen, Blitz, Bolzen;durchgehen (Pferd), sausen

unto the Lord out of the fishs belly. But observe his prayer, and

unto - zu, bis zu

learn a weighty lesson. For sinful as he is, Jonah does not weep and

weighty - wichtig schwergewichtig

weep - weinen

wail for direct deliverance. He feels that his dreadful punishment is

wail - jammern, wehklagen, klagen

just. He leaves all his deliverance to God, contenting himself with

contenting - (content) (to be content with) sich mit etwas begngen

this, that spite of all his pains and pangs, he will still look towards

pangs - (pang) Stechen, Schmerz

His holy temple. And here, shipmates, is true and faithful repentance;

not clamorous for pardon, but grateful for punishment. And how pleasing

clamorous - zeternd

to God was this conduct in Jonah, is shown in the eventual deliverance

eventual - schlielich, letzten Endes, mgliche

of him from the sea and the whale. Shipmates, I do not place Jonah

before you to be copied for his sin but I do place him before you as a

model for repentance. Sin not; but if you do, take heed to repent of it

repent - bereuen

heed - beherzigen, beachten

like Jonah.

While he was speaking these words, the howling of the shrieking,

slanting storm without seemed to add new power to the preacher, who,

slanting - (slant) Schrge, Hang, Abhang, schiefe Ebene

when describing Jonahs sea-storm, seemed tossed by a storm himself.

His deep chest heaved as with a ground-swell; his tossed arms seemed

heaved - (heave) heben, hieven, werfen, wuchten, schleudern

swell - Schwellen

the warring elements at work; and the thunders that rolled away from

off his swarthy brow, and the light leaping from his eye, made all his

swarthy - dunkeln

brow - Braue, Augenbraue

simple hearers look on him with a quick fear that was strange to them.

hearers - (hearer) Hrer, Zuhrer

There now came a lull in his look, as he silently turned over the

lull - Windstille

silently - schweigend, still

leaves of the Book once more; and, at last, standing motionless, with

motionless - unbeweglich, reglos, bewegungslos

closed eyes, for the moment, seemed communing with God and himself.

communing - kommunizierend; (commune) kommunizierend

But again he leaned over towards the people, and bowing his head lowly,

bowing - (bow) sich vorbeugen; (bow) (bow) sich vorbeugen

with an aspect of the deepest yet manliest humility, he spake these

manliest - (manly) mnnlich

humility - Bescheidenheit, Demut


Shipmates, God has laid but one hand upon you; both his hands press

upon me. I have read ye by what murky light may be mine the lesson that

Jonah teaches to all sinners; and therefore to ye, and still more to

me, for I am a greater sinner than ye. And now how gladly would I come

sinner - Snder, Snderin

gladly - gern

down from this mast-head and sit on the hatches there where you sit,

hatches - (hatch) brten, schraffieren, ausbrten, anzetteln;Brut, Fallt

and listen as you listen, while some one of you reads _me_ that other

and more awful lesson which Jonah teaches to _me_, as a pilot of the

living God. How being an anointed pilot-prophet, or speaker of true

anointed - (anoint) len, schmieren, einreiben, salben

things, and bidden by the Lord to sound those unwelcome truths in the

unwelcome - unwillkommen

ears of a wicked Nineveh, Jonah, appalled at the hostility he should

raise, fled from his mission, and sought to escape his duty and his God

by taking ship at Joppa. But God is everywhere; Tarshish he never

reached. As we have seen, God came upon him in the whale, and swallowed

him down to living gulfs of doom, and with swift slantings tore him

gulfs - (gulf) Golf, Meerbusen

slantings - Schrglagen

along into the midst of the seas, where the eddying depths sucked him

eddying - (eddy) Strudel

ten thousand fathoms down, and the weeds were wrapped about his head,

fathoms - (fathom) ergrnden, Faden, Klafter (Lngenma)

and all the watery world of woe bowled over him. Yet even then beyond

the reach of any plummet"out of the belly of hell"when the whale

plummet - Lot, Blei, Senker, Senklot

grounded upon the oceans utmost bones, even then, God heard the

engulphed, repenting prophet when he cried. Then God spake unto the

engulphed - verschlungen

repenting - (repent) bereuen

fish; and from the shuddering cold and blackness of the sea, the whale

came breeching up towards the warm and pleasant sun, and all the

breeching - verletzen; (breech) Schwanzschraube

delights of air and earth; and vomited out Jonah upon the dry land;

when the word of the Lord came a second time; and Jonah, bruised and

bruised - (bruise) Prellung, Bluterguss, blauer Fleck, Druckstelle

beaten"his ears, like two sea-shells, still multitudinously murmuring

multitudinously - zahlreiche

murmuring - murmelnd, raunend; (murmur) Rauschen, Murmeln , Gemurmel, Raune

of the ocean"Jonah did the Almightys bidding. And what was that,

shipmates? To preach the Truth to the face of Falsehood! That was it!

Falsehood - Unwahrheit, Falschheit, Lge, unwahre Behauptung, Falschsein

This, shipmates, this is that other lesson; and woe to that pilot of

the living God who slights it. Woe to him whom this world charms from

Gospel duty! Woe to him who seeks to pour oil upon the waters when God

has brewed them into a gale! Woe to him who seeks to please rather than

brewed - (brew) Gebru;brauen, aufbrhen, im Anzug sein (Gewitter), gren

to appal! Woe to him whose good name is more to him than goodness! Woe

appal - erschrecken, entsetzen

to him who, in this world, courts not dishonor! Woe to him who would

dishonor - entehren;Ehrlosigkeit

not be true, even though to be false were salvation! Yea, woe to him

salvation - Erlsung, Rettung

who, as the great Pilot Paul has it, while preaching to others is

himself a castaway!

He dropped and fell away from himself for a moment; then lifting his

face to them again, showed a deep joy in his eyes, as he cried out with

a heavenly enthusiasm,"But oh! shipmates! on the starboard hand of

heavenly - himmlisch

every woe, there is a sure delight; and higher the top of that delight,

than the bottom of the woe is deep. Is not the main-truck higher than

the kelson is low? Delight is to him"a far, far upward, and inward

delight"who against the proud gods and commodores of this earth, ever

commodores - (commodore) Kommodore, Flottillenadmiral, Flottekapitn

stands forth his own inexorable self. Delight is to him whose strong

inexorable - unvermeidlich, unvermeidbar, unerbittlich, erbarmungslo

arms yet support him, when the ship of this base treacherous world has

treacherous - verrterisch, hinterlistig, doppelzngig, tckisch

gone down beneath him. Delight is to him, who gives no quarter in the

truth, and kills, burns, and destroys all sin though he pluck it out

pluck - pflcken, abrupfen, zupfen, schlagen, ausrupfen

from under the robes of Senators and Judges. Delight,"top-gallant

robes - (robe) Robe

delight is to him, who acknowledges no law or lord, but the Lord his

God, and is only a patriot to heaven. Delight is to him, whom all the

patriot - Patriot, Patriotin, Vaterlandsfreund, Vaterlandsfreundin

waves of the billows of the seas of the boisterous mob can never shake

billows - (billow) Woge wabern, wogen, bauschen

from this sure Keel of the Ages. And eternal delight and deliciousness

Keel - Kiel

deliciousness - appetitlich, kystlich

will be his, who coming to lay him down, can say with his final

breath"O Father!"chiefly known to me by Thy rod"mortal or immortal,

chiefly - hauptschlich

here I die. I have striven to be Thine, more than to be this worlds,

or mine own. Yet this is nothing: I leave eternity to Thee; for what is

man that he should live out the lifetime of his God?

He said no more, but slowly waving a benediction, covered his face with

benediction - Segnung

his hands, and so remained kneeling, till all the people had departed,

and he was left alone in the place.

CHAPTER 10. A bosom friend.

bosom friend - Busenfreund

Returning to the Spouter-Inn from the Chapel, I found Queequeg there

quite alone; he having left the Chapel before the benediction some

time. He was sitting on a bench before the fire, with his feet on the

stove hearth, and in one hand was holding close up to his face that

hearth - Feuerstelle, Herdboden, Grund, Kaminboden

little negro idol of his; peering hard into its face, and with a

jack-knife gently whittling away at its nose, meanwhile humming to

gently - sanft

humming - (to hum) summen, murmeln; (hum) Summen

himself in his heathenish way.

But being now interrupted, he put up the image; and pretty soon, going

to the table, took up a large book there, and placing it on his lap

began counting the pages with deliberate regularity; at every fiftieth

regularity - Regelmigkeit

page"as I fancied"stopping a moment, looking vacantly around him, and

vacantly - unbesetzt

giving utterance to a long-drawn gurgling whistle of astonishment. He

utterance - uerung

gurgling - gurgelnd; (gurgle) gurgeln Gurgeln

whistle - Pfeife, Trillerpfeife, Flte, Pfeifen, Pfiff

would then begin again at the next fifty; seeming to commence at number

one each time, as though he could not count more than fifty, and it was

only by such a large number of fifties being found together, that his

astonishment at the multitude of pages was excited.

multitude - Vielzahl, Menge, Menschenmenge, Volk

With much interest I sat watching him. Savage though he was, and

hideously marred about the face"at least to my taste"his countenance

hideously - scheulich, abscheuliche

marred - (mar) beschdigen, verunstalten

yet had a something in it which was by no means disagreeable. You

disagreeable - unangenehm, unsympathisch

cannot hide the soul. Through all his unearthly tattooings, I thought I

saw the traces of a simple honest heart; and in his large, deep eyes,

fiery black and bold, there seemed tokens of a spirit that would dare a

tokens - (token) Zeichen, Symbol, Andenken, Souvenir, Erinnerung, Jeton

thousand devils. And besides all this, there was a certain lofty

bearing about the Pagan, which even his uncouthness could not

uncouthness - Grobheit

altogether maim. He looked like a man who had never cringed and never

maim - verstmmeln, verschandeln

cringed - (cringe) erschaudern, kriechen, sich ducken, zurckschrecken

had had a creditor. Whether it was, too, that his head being shaved,

creditor - Glubiger, Kreditor

his forehead was drawn out in freer and brighter relief, and looked

more expansive than it otherwise would, this I will not venture to

expansive - umfangreich, umfassend, gesprchig, gesellig, herzlic

decide; but certain it was his head was phrenologically an excellent

phrenologically - phrenologisch

one. It may seem ridiculous, but it reminded me of General Washingtons

head, as seen in the popular busts of him. It had the same long

busts - (bust) Pleite gehen, kaputt gehen;Busen, Bste

regularly graded retreating slope from above the brows, which were

brows - Brauen; (brow) Brauen

likewise very projecting, like two long promontories thickly wooded on

promontories - (promontory) Landzunge

top. Queequeg was George Washington cannibalistically developed.

cannibalistically - kannibalisch

Whilst I was thus closely scanning him, half-pretending meanwhile to be

looking out at the storm from the casement, he never heeded my

casement - Fensterflgel, Drehflgel

heeded - (heed) beherzigen, beachten

presence, never troubled himself with so much as a single glance; but

appeared wholly occupied with counting the pages of the marvellous

book. Considering how sociably we had been sleeping together the night

sociably - gesellig

previous, and especially considering the affectionate arm I had found

thrown over me upon waking in the morning, I thought this indifference

thrown over - bergeworfen

indifference - Gleichgltigkeit

of his very strange. But savages are strange beings; at times you do

not know exactly how to take them. At first they are overawing; their

overawing - (overawe) einschchtern

calm self-collectedness of simplicity seems a Socratic wisdom. I had

collectedness - Fassung

simplicity - Einfachheit

Socratic - sokratisch Sokratiker

noticed also that Queequeg never consorted at all, or but very little,

consorted - (consort) Gemahl, Gemahlin

with the other seamen in the inn. He made no advances whatever;

appeared to have no desire to enlarge the circle of his acquaintances.

enlarge - vergrern

acquaintances - (acquaintance) Bekanntschaft, Umgang, Bekannter, Bekannte

All this struck me as mighty singular; yet, upon second thoughts, there

singular - einzeln einzigartig ungewhnlich singularisch singulr Einzah

was something almost sublime in it. Here was a man some twenty thousand

sublime - sublimierens, erhaben

miles from home, by the way of Cape Horn, that is"which was the only

way he could get there"thrown among people as strange to him as though

he were in the planet Jupiter; and yet he seemed entirely at his ease;

preserving the utmost serenity; content with his own companionship;

serenity - Gelassenheit, Gleichmut, Klarheit, Heiterkeit, Abgeklrtheit

companionship - Kameradschaft

always equal to himself. Surely this was a touch of fine philosophy;

though no doubt he had never heard there was such a thing as that. But,

perhaps, to be true philosophers, we mortals should not be conscious of

mortals - (mortal) sterblich tdlich Sterblicher, Sterbliche

so living or so striving. So soon as I hear that such or such a man

gives himself out for a philosopher, I conclude that, like the

dyspeptic old woman, he must have broken his digester.

dyspeptic - dyspeptisch, magenkrank, missgestimmt, verdrielich

digester - Fermenter

As I sat there in that now lonely room; the fire burning low, in that

mild stage when, after its first intensity has warmed the air, it then

only glows to be looked at; the evening shades and phantoms gathering

glows - (glow) glhen abstrahlen leuchten Glhen

phantoms - (phantom) Phantom

round the casements, and peering in upon us silent, solitary twain; the

casements - (casement) Fensterflgel, Drehflgel

storm booming without in solemn swells; I began to be sensible of

swells - (swell) Schwellen

strange feelings. I felt a melting in me. No more my splintered heart

and maddened hand were turned against the wolfish world. This soothing

maddened - (madden) rasend machen

wolfish - wlfisch

soothing - erleichternd, lindernd, beruhigend; (sooth) Wahrheit

savage had redeemed it. There he sat, his very indifference speaking a

redeemed - (redeem) zurckkaufen loslsen, freikaufen, befreien, einlse

nature in which there lurked no civilized hypocrisies and bland

lurked - (lurk) lauern

hypocrisies - (hypocrisy) Heuchelei, Scheinheiligkeit, Hypokrisie

bland - sanft, langweilig, hflich

deceits. Wild he was; a very sight of sights to see; yet I began to

deceits - (deceit) Betrgerei, Betrug, Tuschung, Falschheit

feel myself mysteriously drawn towards him. And those same things that

mysteriously - geheimnisvoll, geheimnisvolle

would have repelled most others, they were the very magnets that thus

repelled - (repel) zurckweisen, abweisen, abwehren, zurckdrnge

magnets - (magnet) Magnet

drew me. Ill try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness

kindness - Liebenswrdigkeit

has proved but hollow courtesy. I drew my bench near him, and made some

friendly signs and hints, doing my best to talk with him meanwhile. At

first he little noticed these advances; but presently, upon my

referring to his last nights hospitalities, he made out to ask me

hospitalities - (hospitality) Gastfreundlichkeit, Gastfreundschaft, Gastlichkei

whether we were again to be bedfellows. I told him yes; whereat I

whereat - Wozu

thought he looked pleased, perhaps a little complimented.

complimented - (compliment) Kompliment, Lob, Anerkennung, Achtungsbezeugung

We then turned over the book together, and I endeavored to explain to

him the purpose of the printing, and the meaning of the few pictures

that were in it. Thus I soon engaged his interest; and from that we

went to jabbering the best we could about the various outer sights to

jabbering - plappernd, Gelaber, Gelabere; (jabber) plappernd, Gelabe

be seen in this famous town. Soon I proposed a social smoke; and,

producing his pouch and tomahawk, he quietly offered me a puff. And

pouch - Beutel

puff - pusten;Hauch

then we sat exchanging puffs from that wild pipe of his, and keeping it

puffs - (puff) pusten;Hauch

regularly passing between us.

If there yet lurked any ice of indifference towards me in the Pagans

breast, this pleasant, genial smoke we had, soon thawed it out, and

genial - groartig

thawed - (thaw) tauen, schmelzen, auftauen, entspannen, Schmelz

left us cronies. He seemed to take to me quite as naturally and

cronies - (crony) Kumpan

unbiddenly as I to him; and when our smoke was over, he pressed his

unbiddenly - unaufgefordert

forehead against mine, clasped me round the waist, and said that

clasped - (clasp) Spange, Klammer, Schnalle, Griff, greifen

waist - Taille Rumpf

henceforth we were married; meaning, in his countrys phrase, that we

henceforth - knftig, frderhin, hinfort, fortan

were bosom friends; he would gladly die for me, if need should be. In a

bosom friends - (bosom friend) Busenfreund

countryman, this sudden flame of friendship would have seemed far too

countryman - Landsmann, Landsmnnin, Landsfrau

premature, a thing to be much distrusted; but in this simple savage

premature - frhreif vorzeitig, verfrht

distrusted - (distrust) Misstrauen, Argwohn

those old rules would not apply.

After supper, and another social chat and smoke, we went to our room

together. He made me a present of his embalmed head; took out his

enormous tobacco wallet, and groping under the tobacco, drew out some

groping - (grope) tasten tappen, herumtasten, begrapschen

thirty dollars in silver; then spreading them on the table, and

mechanically dividing them into two equal portions, pushed one of them

mechanically - mechanisch

towards me, and said it was mine. I was going to remonstrate; but he

remonstrate - protestieren, missbilligen, einwenden, remonstrieren

silenced me by pouring them into my trowsers pockets. I let them stay.

He then went about his evening prayers, took out his idol, and removed

the paper fireboard. By certain signs and symptoms, I thought he seemed

anxious for me to join him; but well knowing what was to follow, I

deliberated a moment whether, in case he invited me, I would comply or


I was a good Christian; born and bred in the bosom of the infallible

bosom - Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund (bosom buddy)

infallible - unfehlbar

Presbyterian Church. How then could I unite with this wild idolator in

Presbyterian - presbyterianisch

idolator - Gtzendiener

worshipping his piece of wood? But what is worship? thought I. Do you

suppose now, Ishmael, that the magnanimous God of heaven and

magnanimous - gromtig, edelmtig, grozgig, groherzig

earth"pagans and all included"can possibly be jealous of an

pagans - (pagan) heidnisch Heide, Heidin, Unglubiger, Unglubige

jealous - eiferschtig eifrig, eifernd, neidisch

insignificant bit of black wood? Impossible! But what is worship?"to do

insignificant - bedeutungslos, unbedeutend

the will of God"_that_ is worship. And what is the will of God?"to do

to my fellow man what I would have my fellow man to do to me"_that_ is

the will of God. Now, Queequeg is my fellow man. And what do I wish

that this Queequeg would do to me? Why, unite with me in my particular

Presbyterian form of worship. Consequently, I must then unite with him

in his; ergo, I must turn idolator. So I kindled the shavings; helped

prop up the innocent little idol; offered him burnt biscuit with

prop - Sttze

Queequeg; salamed before him twice or thrice; kissed his nose; and that

salamed - gesalzen

done, we undressed and went to bed, at peace with our own consciences

and all the world. But we did not go to sleep without some little chat.

How it is I know not; but there is no place like a bed for confidential

disclosures between friends. Man and wife, they say, there open the

very bottom of their souls to each other; and some old couples often

lie and chat over old times till nearly morning. Thus, then, in our

hearts honeymoon, lay I and Queequeg"a cosy, loving pair.

honeymoon - Flitterwochen Hochzeitsreise, flittern

cosy - gemtlich, behaglich, wohlig

CHAPTER 11. Nightgown.

Nightgown - Nachthemd

We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and

napping - (nap) Nickerchen, Schlfchen

Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs

affectionately - liebevoll, zrtlich

over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free

sociable - gesellig

and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our confabulations, what

confabulations - (confabulation) Konfabulation

little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like

nappishness - Windeligkeit

getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.

Yes, we became very wakeful; so much so that our recumbent position

wakeful - wach, schlaflos, wachsam, aufmerksam

recumbent - ruhend Liegerad

began to grow wearisome, and by little and little we found ourselves

wearisome - ermdend, langweilig, lstig

sitting up; the clothes well tucked around us, leaning against the

head-board with our four knees drawn up close together, and our two

noses bending over them, as if our kneepans were warming-pans. We felt

very nice and snug, the more so since it was so chilly out of doors;

chilly - frostig, kalt, khl

indeed out of bed-clothes too, seeing that there was no fire in the

room. The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some

bodily - krperlich, Krper

small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world

that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If

you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been

so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. But

if, like Queequeg and me in the bed, the tip of your nose or the crown

of your head be slightly chilled, why then, indeed, in the general

chilled - (chill) Mutlosigkeit, Frostgefh

consciousness you feel most delightfully and unmistakably warm. For

delightfully - entzckende, reizend

unmistakably - unverkennbar, unmissverstndlich

this reason a sleeping apartment should never be furnished with a fire,

which is one of the luxurious discomforts of the rich. For the height

luxurious - luxuris

discomforts - (discomfort) Unbehagen

of this sort of deliciousness is to have nothing but the blanket

between you and your snugness and the cold of the outer air. Then there

snugness - Gemtlichkeit, Behaglichkeit

outer air - Auenluft

you lie like the one warm spark in the heart of an arctic crystal.

We had been sitting in this crouching manner for some time, when all at

crouching - (crouch) sich ducken (vor), kriechen;kauern, hocke

once I thought I would open my eyes; for when between sheets, whether

by day or by night, and whether asleep or awake, I have a way of always

keeping my eyes shut, in order the more to concentrate the snugness of

being in bed. Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright

aright - richtig

except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper

element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey

congenial - gleichgesinnt, wesensgleich, wesensverwandt, geistesverwandt

clayey - lehmig, tonig

part. Upon opening my eyes then, and coming out of my own pleasant and

self-created darkness into the imposed and coarse outer gloom of the

coarse - grob, grobkrnig, derb, primitiv

unilluminated twelve-oclock-at-night, I experienced a disagreeable

unilluminated - unerleuchtet

revulsion. Nor did I at all object to the hint from Queequeg that

revulsion - Abscheu , Widerwille, Ekel, Ekelgefhl, Ableitung, Revulsio

perhaps it were best to strike a light, seeing that we were so wide

awake; and besides he felt a strong desire to have a few quiet puffs

from his Tomahawk. Be it said, that though I had felt such a strong

repugnance to his smoking in the bed the night before, yet see how

repugnance - Abneigung, Widerwille

elastic our stiff prejudices grow when love once comes to bend them.

elastic - dehnbar, elastisch, Gummiband

For now I liked nothing better than to have Queequeg smoking by me,

even in bed, because he seemed to be full of such serene household joy

serene - heiter

then. I no more felt unduly concerned for the landlords policy of

unduly - ber Gebhr, bermig

insurance. I was only alive to the condensed confidential

condensed - (condense) kondensieren, verkleinern

comfortableness of sharing a pipe and a blanket with a real friend.

comfortableness - Gemtlichkeit, Behaglichkeit

With our shaggy jackets drawn about our shoulders, we now passed the

Tomahawk from one to the other, till slowly there grew over us a blue

hanging tester of smoke, illuminated by the flame of the new-lit lamp.

illuminated - (illuminate) beleuchten, erhellen, illuminieren

Whether it was that this undulating tester rolled the savage away to

undulating - (undulate) wogen, schwingen, wellenfrmig bewegen, ondulieren

far distant scenes, I know not, but he now spoke of his native island;

and, eager to hear his history, I begged him to go on and tell it. He

gladly complied. Though at the time I but ill comprehended not a few of

his words, yet subsequent disclosures, when I had become more familiar

with his broken phraseology, now enable me to present the whole story

phraseology - Phraseologie Phraseologismus

such as it may prove in the mere skeleton I give.

skeleton - Not-, Gerippe, provisorisch, Knochengerst

CHAPTER 12. Biographical.

Queequeg was a native of Rokovoko, an island far away to the West and

South. It is not down in any map; true places never are.

When a new-hatched savage running wild about his native woodlands in a

hatched - (hatch) brten, schraffieren, ausbrten, anzetteln;Brut, Fallt

grass clout, followed by the nibbling goats, as if he were a green

clout - Schlagkraft, Einfluss, Schlag

nibbling - knabbern, anbeien; (nibble) knabbern, anbeien

goats - (goat) Ziege, Gei, Bock

sapling; even then, in Queequegs ambitious soul, lurked a strong

sapling - junger Baum, Setzling, Steckling, Schssling

desire to see something more of Christendom than a specimen whaler or

Christendom - Christenheit, Christentum, Christenwelt

whaler - Walfnger, Walfngerin

two. His father was a High Chief, a King; his uncle a High Priest; and

on the maternal side he boasted aunts who were the wives of

maternal - mtterlich

unconquerable warriors. There was excellent blood in his veins"royal

unconquerable - unbezwingbar, unbesiegbar, unberwindlich

stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he

vitiated - (vitiate) beschdigen verderben

propensity - Neigung, Tendenz

nourished in his untutored youth.

nourished - (nourish) ernhren, aufziehen, erziehen, groziehen

untutored - ungebildet

A Sag Harbor ship visited his fathers bay, and Queequeg sought a

Sag - Senkung;absinken (Kurve), sacken

Harbor - Zufluchtsort, Hafen

passage to Christian lands. But the ship, having her full complement of

seamen, spurned his suit; and not all the King his fathers influence

spurned - (spurn) verschmhen, abweisen, verachten, trete

could prevail. But Queequeg vowed a vow. Alone in his canoe, he paddled

canoe - Kanu, Kanadier, paddeln

paddled - (paddle) verhauen;planschen, watscheln, rudern, paddeln;Padde

off to a distant strait, which he knew the ship must pass through when

strait - Meerenge, Strae

she quitted the island. On one side was a coral reef; on the other a

reef - Segel reffen;Riff

low tongue of land, covered with mangrove thickets that grew out into

mangrove - Mangrovenbaum Mangrove

thickets - (thicket) Dickicht, Gebsch, Gestrpp, Buschwerk

the water. Hiding his canoe, still afloat, among these thickets, with

its prow seaward, he sat down in the stern, paddle low in hand; and

paddle - verhauen;planschen, watscheln, rudern, paddeln;Padde

when the ship was gliding by, like a flash he darted out; gained her

gliding - Segelflug, gleitend; (glide) gleiten gleiten lassen

side; with one backward dash of his foot capsized and sank his canoe;

dash - Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Spurt, Sprint

capsized - (capsize) kentern zum Kentern bringen

climbed up the chains; and throwing himself at full length upon the

deck, grappled a ring-bolt there, and swore not to let it go, though

grappled - (grapple) packen, erbeuten, anpacken;Handgemenge

ring - Ring, Kreis

hacked in pieces.

hacked - (hack) hacken;Hacke, Hieb, Hack

In vain the captain threatened to throw him overboard; suspended a

cutlass over his naked wrists; Queequeg was the son of a King, and

cutlass - Entermesser

Queequeg budged not. Struck by his desperate dauntlessness, and his

budged - (budge) bewegen, rhren

dauntlessness - Furchtlosigkeit, Unerschrockenheit, Verwegenheit, Beherztheit

wild desire to visit Christendom, the captain at last relented, and

relented - (relent) nachgeben

told him he might make himself at home. But this fine young savage"this

sea Prince of Wales, never saw the Captains cabin. They put him down

among the sailors, and made a whaleman of him. But like Czar Peter

content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained

toil - Mhe schuften, sich plagen, sich qulen, roboten

shipyards - (shipyard) Werft

disdained - (disdain) Verachtung, Geringschtzung (disrespect

no seeming ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of

ignominy - Schmach, Schande, Schndlichkeit, Unaussprechlichkeit

enlightening his untutored countrymen. For at bottom"so he told me"he

enlightening - (enlighten) aufklren

countrymen - (countryman) Landsmann, Landsmnnin, Landsfrau

was actuated by a profound desire to learn among the Christians, the

actuated - (actuate) in Gang setzen, aktivieren, antreiben, anstachel

Christians - (Christian) Christ, Christin, Christian, christlich

arts whereby to make his people still happier than they were; and more

than that, still better than they were. But, alas! the practices of

whalemen soon convinced him that even Christians could be both

miserable and wicked; infinitely more so, than all his fathers

infinitely - ungeheuer, unendlich

heathens. Arrived at last in old Sag Harbor; and seeing what the

heathens - (heathen) heidnisch barbarisch, unzivilisiert, Heide, Heidi

sailors did there; and then going on to Nantucket, and seeing how they

spent their wages in _that_ place also, poor Queequeg gave it up for

lost. Thought he, its a wicked world in all meridians; Ill die a


And thus an old idolator at heart, he yet lived among these Christians,

wore their clothes, and tried to talk their gibberish. Hence the queer

gibberish - Kauderwelsch, Kokolores, Gequassel, Geschwafel, Fachchinesisch

ways about him, though now some time from home.

By hints, I asked him whether he did not propose going back, and having

a coronation; since he might now consider his father dead and gone, he

coronation - Krnung

being very old and feeble at the last accounts. He answered no, not

feeble - kraftlos, schwach, drftig

yet; and added that he was fearful Christianity, or rather Christians,

fearful - furchtbar furchtsam, ngstlich, verngstigt

Christianity - Christentum

had unfitted him for ascending the pure and undefiled throne of thirty

unfitted - (unfit) untauglich schlapp

undefiled - rein

throne - Thron

pagan Kings before him. But by and by, he said, he would return,"as

soon as he felt himself baptized again. For the nonce, however, he

baptized - (baptize) taufen

nonce - einstweilen

proposed to sail about, and sow his wild oats in all four oceans. They

sow - Sau;aussen

oats - (oat) Hafer, Haber

had made a harpooneer of him, and that barbed iron was in lieu of a

sceptre now.

sceptre - Zepter

I asked him what might be his immediate purpose, touching his future

movements. He answered, to go to sea again, in his old vocation. Upon

vocation - Berufung Beruf

this, I told him that whaling was my own design, and informed him of my

intention to sail out of Nantucket, as being the most promising port

for an adventurous whaleman to embark from. He at once resolved to

accompany me to that island, ship aboard the same vessel, get into the

same watch, the same boat, the same mess with me, in short to share my

every hap; with both my hands in his, boldly dip into the Potluck of

hap - Zufall

boldly - khn, tapfer

both worlds. To all this I joyously assented; for besides the affection

joyously - freudig

I now felt for Queequeg, he was an experienced harpooneer, and as such,

could not fail to be of great usefulness to one, who, like me, was

usefulness - Ntzlichkeit

wholly ignorant of the mysteries of whaling, though well acquainted

ignorant - ignorant

acquainted - (acquaint) vertraut machen in Kenntnis setzen

with the sea, as known to merchant seamen.

His story being ended with his pipes last dying puff, Queequeg

dying - (to die) sterben, umkommen; (dye) (to die) sterben, umkommen

embraced me, pressed his forehead against mine, and blowing out the

light, we rolled over from each other, this way and that, and very soon

were sleeping.

CHAPTER 13. Wheelbarrow.

Wheelbarrow - Schubkarre; q

Next morning, Monday, after disposing of the embalmed head to a barber,

barber - Barbier, Bartschneider, Bartscherer, frisieren, Haare schneiden

for a block, I settled my own and comrades bill; using, however, my

comrades money. The grinning landlord, as well as the boarders, seemed

amazingly tickled at the sudden friendship which had sprung up between

me and Queequeg"especially as Peter Coffins cock and bull stories

cock - Vogelmnnchen;Gockel, Hahn;erigierter Penis (vulg.), Pimme

bull - Bulle, Stier

about him had previously so much alarmed me concerning the very person

whom I now companied with.

We borrowed a wheelbarrow, and embarking our things, including my own

poor carpet-bag, and Queequegs canvas sack and hammock, away we went

down to the Moss, the little Nantucket packet schooner moored at the

Moss - Moos bemoosen

schooner - Schoner

wharf. As we were going along the people stared; not at Queequeg so

much"for they were used to seeing cannibals like him in their

streets,"but at seeing him and me upon such confidential terms. But we

heeded them not, going along wheeling the barrow by turns, and Queequeg

barrow - Hgel, Karre, Grabhgel, Tumulus

now and then stopping to adjust the sheath on his harpoon barbs. I

barbs - (barb) Widerhaken

asked him why he carried such a troublesome thing with him ashore, and

troublesome - lstig, leidig, problembeladen, problematisch

whether all whaling ships did not find their own harpoons. To this, in

substance, he replied, that though what I hinted was true enough, yet

he had a particular affection for his own harpoon, because it was of

assured stuff, well tried in many a mortal combat, and deeply intimate

mortal combat - Todeskampf

with the hearts of whales. In short, like many inland reapers and

inland - binnenlndisch, binnen

reapers - (reaper) Schnitter, Mher, Mhder

mowers, who go into the farmers meadows armed with their own

mowers - (mower) Mhmaschine Mher

meadows - (meadow) Wiese, Weide, Aue

scythes"though in no wise obliged to furnish them"even so, Queequeg,

scythes - (scythe) Sense Sichel sensen, mhen

furnish - mblieren, einrichten, ausrsten

for his own private reasons, preferred his own harpoon.

Shifting the barrow from my hand to his, he told me a funny story about

the first wheelbarrow he had ever seen. It was in Sag Harbor. The

owners of his ship, it seems, had lent him one, in which to carry his

owners - (owner) Inhaber, Besitzer, Besitzerin

heavy chest to his boarding house. Not to seem ignorant about the

thing"though in truth he was entirely so, concerning the precise way in

which to manage the barrow"Queequeg puts his chest upon it; lashes it

lashes - (lash) Peitsche, Wimper;anbinden

fast; and then shoulders the barrow and marches up the wharf. Why,

said I, Queequeg, you might have known better than that, one would

think. Didnt the people laugh?

Upon this, he told me another story. The people of his island of

Rokovoko, it seems, at their wedding feasts express the fragrant water

feasts - (feast) Fest, Festgelage;feiern

fragrant - duftend, wohlriechend

of young cocoanuts into a large stained calabash like a punchbowl; and

cocoanuts - (cocoanut) Kokosnuss

calabash - Flaschenkrbis

punchbowl - Bowle, Bowlenschssel, Punschbowle

this punchbowl always forms the great central ornament on the braided

ornament - Verzierung musikalische Verzierung

braided - (braid) Litze;flechten;Flechte, Paspel, Zopf

mat where the feast is held. Now a certain grand merchant ship once

feast - Fest, Festgelage;feiern

merchant ship - Handelsschiff

touched at Rokovoko, and its commander"from all accounts, a very

stately punctilious gentleman, at least for a sea captain"this

stately - stattlich

punctilious - pedantisch, minutis, korrekt, frmlich

commander was invited to the wedding feast of Queequegs sister, a

pretty young princess just turned of ten. Well; when all the wedding

guests were assembled at the brides bamboo cottage, this Captain

bamboo - Bambus, Bambusrohr

marches in, and being assigned the post of honor, placed himself over

against the punchbowl, and between the High Priest and his majesty the

majesty - Majestt

King, Queequegs father. Grace being said,"for those people have their

grace as well as we"though Queequeg told me that unlike us, who at such

times look downwards to our platters, they, on the contrary, copying

platters - (platter) Platte (einer Festplatte);flache Schal

the ducks, glance upwards to the great Giver of all feasts"Grace, I

ducks - (duck) untertauchen (in);Schiertuch, Ente, Segeltuch;kneife

Giver - Geber, Geberin, Gebender, Gebende

say, being said, the High Priest opens the banquet by the immemorial

banquet - Festmahl, Bankett, Gastmahl, Festessen

immemorial - uralt

ceremony of the island; that is, dipping his consecrated and

consecrated - (consecrate) weihen

consecrating fingers into the bowl before the blessed beverage

consecrating - (consecrate) weihen

beverage - Getrnk

circulates. Seeing himself placed next the Priest, and noting the

ceremony, and thinking himself"being Captain of a ship"as having plain

precedence over a mere island King, especially in the Kings own

precedence - Vorrang

house"the Captain coolly proceeds to wash his hands in the

punchbowl;"taking it I suppose for a huge finger-glass. Now, said

Queequeg, what you tink now?"Didnt our people laugh?

tink - (Tinker) flicken, basteln

At last, passage paid, and luggage safe, we stood on board the

luggage - Gepck, Gepckstck, Reisegepck, etaphorical

schooner. Hoisting sail, it glided down the Acushnet river. On one

side, New Bedford rose in terraces of streets, their ice-covered trees

all glittering in the clear, cold air. Huge hills and mountains of

casks on casks were piled upon her wharves, and side by side the

casks - (cask) Fass, Tonne

world-wandering whale ships lay silent and safely moored at last; while

safely - sicher

from others came a sound of carpenters and coopers, with blended noises

of fires and forges to melt the pitch, all betokening that new cruises

were on the start; that one most perilous and long voyage ended, only

most perilous - gefahrvollste

begins a second; and a second ended, only begins a third, and so on,

for ever and for aye. Such is the endlessness, yea, the intolerableness

endlessness - Unendlichkeit

intolerableness - Unausstehlichkeit

of all earthly effort.

Gaining the more open water, the bracing breeze waxed fresh; the little

bracing - erfrischend, anregend; (brace) Klafter , Armspanne, Klamme

breeze - Brise, Hauch

waxed - (wax) das Wachs

Moss tossed the quick foam from her bows, as a young colt his

snortings. How I snuffed that Tartar air!"how I spurned that turnpike

snortings - (snorting) schnauben, prusten

snuffed - (snuff) schnffeln, schnuppern;Butzen, schnupfen, Schnupftabak

Tartar - Weinstein

turnpike - Drehschranke Mautstrae

earth!"that common highway all over dented with the marks of slavish

slavish - sklavisch

heels and hoofs; and turned me to admire the magnanimity of the sea

hoofs - (hoof) Huf

magnanimity - Gromut, Grozgigkeit, Seelengre, Gromtigkeit

which will permit no records.

At the same foam-fountain, Queequeg seemed to drink and reel with me.

His dusky nostrils swelled apart; he showed his filed and pointed

nostrils - (nostril) Nasenloch,

teeth. On, on we flew; and our offing gained, the Moss did homage to

homage - Vasalleneid, Gefolgschaftsschwur, Vasallentreueschwu

the blast; ducked and dived her bows as a slave before the Sultan.

ducked - (duck) untertauchen (in);Schiertuch, Ente, Segeltuch;kneife

Sultan - Sultan

Sideways leaning, we sideways darted; every ropeyarn tingling like a

tingling - prickelnd, klingend; (tingle) kribbeln, prickeln, Prickeln

wire; the two tall masts buckling like Indian canes in land tornadoes.

buckling - Stauchung, Knick, Knickung; (buckle) Stauchung, Knick, Knickung

canes - (cane) Rohr Rohrstock Blindenstock, weisser Langstock

tornadoes - (tornado) Tornado, Windhose

So full of this reeling scene were we, as we stood by the plunging

bowsprit, that for some time we did not notice the jeering glances of

jeering - (jeer) Spott; (jeer) (jeer) Spott

the passengers, a lubber-like assembly, who marvelled that two fellow

lubber - Schmiermittel

marvelled - (marvel) wundern

beings should be so companionable; as though a white man were anything

companionable - kameradschaftlich

more dignified than a whitewashed negro. But there were some boobies

more dignified - gediegenere

whitewashed - (whitewash) Tnche Zu-null-Sieg reinwaschen, schnfrbe

boobies - (boobie) Titten

and bumpkins there, who, by their intense greenness, must have come

greenness - Naivitt

from the heart and centre of all verdure. Queequeg caught one of these

young saplings mimicking him behind his back. I thought the bumpkins

saplings - Grnschnbel

mimicking - (mimic) nachahmen, nachffen

hour of doom was come. Dropping his harpoon, the brawny savage caught

him in his arms, and by an almost miraculous dexterity and strength,

miraculous - wunderttig, mirakuls, Wunder

sent him high up bodily into the air; then slightly tapping his stern

in mid-somerset, the fellow landed with bursting lungs upon his feet,

while Queequeg, turning his back upon him, lighted his tomahawk pipe

and passed it to me for a puff.

Capting! Capting! yelled the bumpkin, running towards that officer;

Capting, Capting, heres the devil.

Capting - Verschlieen

Hallo, _you_ sir, cried the Captain, a gaunt rib of the sea, stalking

gaunt - knochig, dnn, hager, mager, abgemagert

rib - Rippe (Profil);Drehschiene, Spant, Rippe, Lamelle

stalking - stelzend; (stalk) stelzend

up to Queequeg, what in thunder do you mean by that? Dont you know

thunder - Donner Donnern

you might have killed that chap?

What him say? said Queequeg, as he mildly turned to me.

He say, said I, that you came near kill-e that man there, pointing

to the still shivering greenhorn.

shivering - schlotternde, schlotternd, schaudernd; (shiver) schlotternd

greenhorn - Grnschnabel

Kill-e, cried Queequeg, twisting his tattooed face into an unearthly

expression of disdain, ah! him bevy small-e fish-e; Queequeg no kill-e

disdain - Verachtung, Geringschtzung (disrespect

bevy - Schwarm, Schar

so small-e fish-e; Queequeg kill-e big whale!

Look you, roared the Captain, Ill kill-e _you_, you cannibal, if

roared - (roar) brllen Tosen Brllen Aufheulen

you try any more of your tricks aboard here; so mind your eye.

But it so happened just then, that it was high time for the Captain to

mind his own eye. The prodigious strain upon the main-sail had parted

the weather-sheet, and the tremendous boom was now flying from side to

side, completely sweeping the entire after part of the deck. The poor

fellow whom Queequeg had handled so roughly, was swept overboard; all

hands were in a panic; and to attempt snatching at the boom to stay it,

snatching - (snatch) klauen, stehlen, Reien

seemed madness. It flew from right to left, and back again, almost in

madness - Wahnsinn, Verrcktheit, Tollheit

one ticking of a watch, and every instant seemed on the point of

ticking - Inlett, Inlettstoff, Drell, tickend; (tic) Tic, Zucke

snapping into splinters. Nothing was done, and nothing seemed capable

splinters - (splinter) Span, Splitter

of being done; those on deck rushed towards the bows, and stood eyeing

the boom as if it were the lower jaw of an exasperated whale. In the

lower jaw - Unterkiefer

midst of this consternation, Queequeg dropped deftly to his knees, and

consternation - Bestrzung, Fassungslosigkeit

deftly - gewandt, flink

crawling under the path of the boom, whipped hold of a rope, secured

one end to the bulwarks, and then flinging the other like a lasso,

lasso - Lasso

caught it round the boom as it swept over his head, and at the next

jerk, the spar was that way trapped, and all was safe. The schooner was

jerk - Zuckung, Satz, Reflex, ruckweise;Wichser;erschtter

run into the wind, and while the hands were clearing away the stern

clearing away - wegrumend, das Abrumen

boat, Queequeg, stripped to the waist, darted from the side with a long

living arc of a leap. For three minutes or more he was seen swimming

arc - Bogen, Arkus, Kreisbogen, Kurve, Lichtbogen

like a dog, throwing his long arms straight out before him, and by

turns revealing his brawny shoulders through the freezing foam. I

looked at the grand and glorious fellow, but saw no one to be saved.

The greenhorn had gone down. Shooting himself perpendicularly from the

water, Queequeg, now took an instants glance around him, and seeming

to see just how matters were, dived down and disappeared. A few minutes

more, and he rose again, one arm still striking out, and with the other

dragging a lifeless form. The boat soon picked them up. The poor

lifeless - leblos

bumpkin was restored. All hands voted Queequeg a noble trump; the

trump - Trumpf

captain begged his pardon. From that hour I clove to Queequeg like a

clove - Ngelchen (Gewrznelke), Nelke (Gewrz)

barnacle; yea, till poor Queequeg took his last long dive.

barnacle - Ringelgans

Was there ever such unconsciousness? He did not seem to think that he

unconsciousness - Bewusstlosigkeit Unwissenheit

at all deserved a medal from the Humane and Magnanimous Societies. He

Humane - human, menschlich

only asked for water"fresh water"something to wipe the brine off; that

brine - Sole, Salzbrhe, Lake, Meerwasser, Salzwasser, pkeln

done, he put on dry clothes, lighted his pipe, and leaning against the

bulwarks, and mildly eyeing those around him, seemed to be saying to

himself"Its a mutual, joint-stock world, in all meridians. We

joint stock - (joint-stock) Gesellschaftskapital , Grundkapital

cannibals must help these Christians.

CHAPTER 14. Nantucket.

Nothing more happened on the passage worthy the mentioning; so, after a

fine run, we safely arrived in Nantucket.

Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of

the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely

than the Eddystone lighthouse. Look at it"a mere hillock, and elbow of

lighthouse - Leuchtturm

hillock - kleiner Hgel, tzhgel, Hgelchen

sand; all beach, without a background. There is more sand there than

you would use in twenty years as a substitute for blotting paper. Some

blotting paper - Fliepapier

gamesome wights will tell you that they have to plant weeds there, they

wights - (wight) Wicht old

dont grow naturally; that they import Canada thistles; that they have

thistles - (thistle) Distel

to send beyond seas for a spile to stop a leak in an oil cask; that

cask - Fass, Tonne

pieces of wood in Nantucket are carried about like bits of the true

cross in Rome; that people there plant toadstools before their houses,

toadstools - (toadstool) Giftpilz

to get under the shade in summer time; that one blade of grass makes an

oasis, three blades in a days walk a prairie; that they wear quicksand

oasis - Oase

prairie - Prrie

quicksand - Treibsand

shoes, something like Laplander snow-shoes; that they are so shut up,

Laplander - Lapplnder

belted about, every way inclosed, surrounded, and made an utter island

inclosed - (inclose) einschlieen, enthalten

utter - uerst

of by the ocean, that to their very chairs and tables small clams will

clams - (clam) zugeknpfter Mensch;hemmen;essbare Muschel, Venusmuschel

sometimes be found adhering, as to the backs of sea turtles. But these

turtles - (turtle) Schildkrte

extravaganzas only show that Nantucket is no Illinois.

extravaganzas - (extravaganza) Zauberposse, fantastische Dichtung, Spektake

Look now at the wondrous traditional story of how this island was

wondrous - wunderbar, wundersam, erstaunlich, verwunderlich, bemerkenswert

settled by the red-men. Thus goes the legend. In olden times an eagle

olden - altern

eagle - Adler, Eagle

swooped down upon the New England coast, and carried off an infant

swooped - (swoop) herabschieen, herabstrzen, Sturzflug

Indian in his talons. With loud lament the parents saw their child

talons - (talon) Klaue

lament - wehklagen;Klage ;beklagen, jammern

borne out of sight over the wide waters. They resolved to follow in the

same direction. Setting out in their canoes, after a perilous passage

perilous - gefhrlich, gefahrvoll

they discovered the island, and there they found an empty ivory

casket,"the poor little Indians skeleton.

casket - Schatulle, Kstchen, Urne

What wonder, then, that these Nantucketers, born on a beach, should

take to the sea for a livelihood! They first caught crabs and quohogs

livelihood - Lebensunterhalt, Lebensgrundlage, Auskommen, Existenzgrundlage

crabs - (crab) Krebs, Krabbe, Winde, Nrgler

in the sand; grown bolder, they waded out with nets for mackerel; more

mackerel - Makrele

experienced, they pushed off in boats and captured cod; and at last,

cod - Kabeljau, Dorsch

launching a navy of great ships on the sea, explored this watery world;

navy - Marine, Flotte, Seestreitkrfte, Marineamt, Marineblau

put an incessant belt of circumnavigations round it; peeped in at

circumnavigations - (circumnavigation) Umfahrung, Umschiffung

peeped - (peep) (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucke

Behrings Straits; and in all seasons and all oceans declared

everlasting war with the mightiest animated mass that has survived the

mightiest - (mighty) gewaltig, mchtig

animated - (animate) lebendig, beseelt, bewegt, lebhaft, belebt, belebe

flood; most monstrous and most mountainous! That Himmalehan, salt-sea

mountainous - bergig, gebirgig

Mastodon, clothed with such portentousness of unconscious power, that

Mastodon - Mastodon

portentousness - Ungeheuerlichkeit

his very panics are more to be dreaded than his most fearless and

dreaded - (dread) schaudern, grauen, gruseln, grause

most fearless - furchtloseste

malicious assaults!

malicious - bse, boshaft, malizis, bswillig

And thus have these naked Nantucketers, these sea hermits, issuing from

hermits - (hermit) Einsiedler, Eremit, Klausner

their ant-hill in the sea, overrun and conquered the watery world like

ant - Ameise

overrun - befallen, berschwemmen, berhufen, berziehen, berschreite

so many Alexanders; parcelling out among them the Atlantic, Pacific,

Alexanders - (Alexander) Alexander

parcelling - Parzellierung; (parcel) Paket Parzelle

and Indian oceans, as the three pirate powers did Poland. Let America

add Mexico to Texas, and pile Cuba upon Canada; let the English

overswarm all India, and hang out their blazing banner from the sun;

overswarm - berschwrmen

blazing - (blaze) Lohe, Brand, Grobrand, brenne, Glut

two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketers. For the sea

is his; he owns it, as Emperors own empires; other seamen having but a

Emperors - (emperor) Kaiser, Imperator

right of way through it. Merchant ships are but extension bridges;

armed ones but floating forts; even pirates and privateers, though

forts - (fort) Festung, Fort, Sttzpunkt

privateers - (privateer) Kaperschiff Freibeuter

following the sea as highwaymen the road, they but plunder other ships,

highwaymen - (highwayman) Wegelagerer, Straenruber

plunder - ausplndern, ausbeuten, Plnderung, Beute, Raubgut

other fragments of the land like themselves, without seeking to draw

their living from the bottomless deep itself. The Nantucketer, he alone

resides and riots on the sea; he alone, in Bible language, goes down to

it in ships; to and fro ploughing it as his own special plantation.

ploughing - pflgend; (plough) Pflug pflgen ficken

plantation - Plantage

_There_ is his home; _there_ lies his business, which a Noahs flood

would not interrupt, though it overwhelmed all the millions in China.

He lives on the sea, as prairie cocks in the prairie; he hides among

cocks - (cock) Vogelmnnchen;Gockel, Hahn;erigierter Penis (vulg.

the waves, he climbs them as chamois hunters climb the Alps. For years

chamois - Gmse, Gams, Smischleder

hunters - (hunter) Jger Jagdhund, Verfolger

Alps - Alpen ; (alp) Alm

he knows not the land; so that when he comes to it at last, it smells

like another world, more strangely than the moon would to an Earthsman.

strangely - seltsame, merkwrdige

Earthsman - Erdmnnchen

With the landless gull, that at sunset folds her wings and is rocked to

landless - ohne Grundbesitz

gull - Mwe

sleep between billows; so at nightfall, the Nantucketer, out of sight

at nightfall - bei Anbruch der Nacht

of land, furls his sails, and lays him to his rest, while under his

furls - (furl) aufrollen, bergen, einrollen

very pillow rush herds of walruses and whales.

herds - (herd) Herde

walruses - (walrus) Walross

CHAPTER 15. Chowder.

Chowder - dicke Suppe aus Meeresfrchten Fischsuppe

It was quite late in the evening when the little Moss came snugly to

snugly - behaglich, gemtlich, mollig

anchor, and Queequeg and I went ashore; so we could attend to no

business that day, at least none but a supper and a bed. The landlord

of the Spouter-Inn had recommended us to his cousin Hosea Hussey of the

Try Pots, whom he asserted to be the proprietor of one of the best kept

proprietor - Inhaber, Inhaberin, Besitzer, Besitzerin

hotels in all Nantucket, and moreover he had assured us that Cousin

Hosea, as he called him, was famous for his chowders. In short, he

chowders - (chowder) dicke Suppe aus Meeresfrchten Fischsuppe

plainly hinted that we could not possibly do better than try pot-luck

at the Try Pots. But the directions he had given us about keeping a

yellow warehouse on our starboard hand till we opened a white church to

the larboard, and then keeping that on the larboard hand till we made a

corner three points to the starboard, and that done, then ask the first

man we met where the place was: these crooked directions of his very

much puzzled us at first, especially as, at the outset, Queequeg

outset - negative Einpresstiefe, Anfang

insisted that the yellow warehouse"our first point of departure"must be

left on the larboard hand, whereas I had understood Peter Coffin to say

it was on the starboard. However, by dint of beating about a little in

the dark, and now and then knocking up a peaceable inhabitant to

knocking up - (knock up) durch Klopfen wecken, grob skizzieren

peaceable - friedliebend

inquire the way, we at last came to something which there was no


Two enormous wooden pots painted black, and suspended by asses ears,

swung from the cross-trees of an old top-mast, planted in front of an

old doorway. The horns of the cross-trees were sawed off on the other

doorway - Trffnung

sawed off - abgesgt

side, so that this old top-mast looked not a little like a gallows.

gallows - Galgen; (gallow) Galgen

Perhaps I was over sensitive to such impressions at the time, but I

could not help staring at this gallows with a vague misgiving. A sort

misgiving - Zweifel; (misgive) Zweifel

of crick was in my neck as I gazed up to the two remaining horns; yes,

crick - verrenken

_two_ of them, one for Queequeg, and one for me. Its ominous, thinks

I. A Coffin my Innkeeper upon landing in my first whaling port;

Innkeeper - Gastwirt, Gastwirtin

tombstones staring at me in the whalemens chapel; and here a gallows!

tombstones - (tombstone) Grabstein, Grabmal, Leichenstein

and a pair of prodigious black pots too! Are these last throwing out

oblique hints touching Tophet?

oblique - schrg, schief, oblique

I was called from these reflections by the sight of a freckled woman

freckled - (freckle) Sommersprosse Fleckchen

with yellow hair and a yellow gown, standing in the porch of the inn,

under a dull red lamp swinging there, that looked much like an injured

eye, and carrying on a brisk scolding with a man in a purple woollen

brisk - lebhaft, rege, vital, anregend

scolding - ausschimpfend, zankend, scheltend; (scold) Beizange, Xanthipp


Get along with ye, said she to the man, or Ill be combing ye!

combing - kmmend; (comb) kmmend

Come on, Queequeg, said I, all right. Theres Mrs. Hussey.

And so it turned out; Mr. Hosea Hussey being from home, but leaving

Mrs. Hussey entirely competent to attend to all his affairs. Upon

making known our desires for a supper and a bed, Mrs. Hussey,

making known - bekannt machend, bekanntmachend [alt]

postponing further scolding for the present, ushered us into a little

room, and seating us at a table spread with the relics of a recently

relics - (relic) Relikt Reliquie

concluded repast, turned round to us and said"Clam or Cod?

repast - Mahl, Mahlzeit

Whats that about Cods, maam? said I, with much politeness.

Cods - (cod) Kabeljau, Dorsch

politeness - Hflichkeit

Clam or Cod? she repeated.

A clam for supper? a cold clam; is _that_ what you mean, Mrs. Hussey?

says I, but thats a rather cold and clammy reception in the winter

clammy - klamm

time, aint it, Mrs. Hussey?

But being in a great hurry to resume scolding the man in the purple

Shirt, who was waiting for it in the entry, and seeming to hear nothing

but the word clam, Mrs. Hussey hurried towards an open door leading

to the kitchen, and bawling out clam for two, disappeared.

bawling - grlend; (bawl) schreien, brllen, heulen

Queequeg, said I, do you think that we can make out a supper for us

both on one clam?

However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the

savory - schmackhaft;Bohnenkraut

belie - lgen;etw. falsch darstellen, ber etw. hinwegtuschen

apparently cheerless prospect before us. But when that smoking chowder

came in, the mystery was delightfully explained. Oh, sweet friends!

hearken to me. It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than

hearken - horchen, hren, lauschen

juicy - saftig

hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up

hazel - Haselstrauch grn-braun

pork - Schweinefleisch, Schwein

into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully

flakes - (flake) Spinner;sich abschlen, abblttern;Fetzen, Flock

plentifully - in Überfluss vorhanden, reichlich

seasoned with pepper and salt. Our appetites being sharpened by the

sharpened - (sharpen) schrfen

frosty voyage, and in particular, Queequeg seeing his favourite fishing

food before him, and the chowder being surpassingly excellent, we

surpassingly - hervorragend

despatched it with great expedition: when leaning back a moment and

despatched - (despatch) Ttung

bethinking me of Mrs. Husseys clam and cod announcement, I thought I

bethinking - (bethink) besinnen

would try a little experiment. Stepping to the kitchen door, I uttered

uttered - (utter) uerst

the word cod with great emphasis, and resumed my seat. In a few

moments the savoury steam came forth again, but with a different

savoury - schmackhaft

flavor, and in good time a fine cod-chowder was placed before us.

flavor - Geschmack Geschmacksstoff, Geschmacksverstrker, wrzen

We resumed business; and while plying our spoons in the bowl, thinks I

to myself, I wonder now if this here has any effect on the head? Whats

that stultifying saying about chowder-headed people? But look,

stultifying - (stultify) blamieren, veralbern, lcherlich machen

Queequeg, aint that a live eel in your bowl? Wheres your harpoon?

eel - Aal, Aalartige

Fishiest of all fishy places was the Try Pots, which well deserved its

Fishiest - (fishy) Fischlein, Fischchen, fischig, Fisch-, anrchi

fishy - Fischlein, Fischchen, fischig, Fisch-, anrchig, verdchtig

name; for the pots there were always boiling chowders. Chowder for

breakfast, and chowder for dinner, and chowder for supper, till you

began to look for fish-bones coming through your clothes. The area

before the house was paved with clam-shells. Mrs. Hussey wore a

paved - (pave) mit Platten auslegen pflastern, bepflastern

polished necklace of codfish vertebra; and Hosea Hussey had his account

necklace - Halskette, Collier, Halsband

codfish - Dorsch, Kabeljau

vertebra - Wirbel, Wirbelknochen

books bound in superior old shark-skin. There was a fishy flavor to the

shark - Haifisch, Hai

milk, too, which I could not at all account for, till one morning

happening to take a stroll along the beach among some fishermens

boats, I saw Hoseas brindled cow feeding on fish remnants, and

brindled - gestromt

feeding - Verftterung, Speisung, Zufhrung; (feed) Verftterung, Speisun

remnants - (remnant) Rest, berbleibsel, Relikt, berrest, Restposten

marching along the sand with each foot in a cods decapitated head,

decapitated - (decapitate) kpfen

looking very slip-shod, I assure ye.

Supper concluded, we received a lamp, and directions from Mrs. Hussey

concerning the nearest way to bed; but, as Queequeg was about to

precede me up the stairs, the lady reached forth her arm, and demanded

his harpoon; she allowed no harpoon in her chambers. Why not? said I;

every true whaleman sleeps with his harpoon"but why not? Because

its dangerous, says she. Ever since young Stiggs coming from that

unfortnt vyge of his, when he was gone four years and a half, with

only three barrels of _ile_, was found dead in my first floor back,

with his harpoon in his side; ever since then I allow no boarders to

take sich dangerous weepons in their rooms at night. So, Mr. Queequeg

(for she had learned his name), I will just take this here iron, and

keep it for you till morning. But the chowder; clam or cod to-morrow

morrow - morgen Morgen

for breakfast, men?

Both, says I; and lets have a couple of smoked herring by way of

herring - Hering


CHAPTER 16. The Ship.

In bed we concocted our plans for the morrow. But to my surprise and no

concocted - (concoct) zusammenbrauen, zusammenmischen, zusammenrhre

small concern, Queequeg now gave me to understand, that he had been

diligently consulting Yojo"the name of his black little god"and Yojo

had told him two or three times over, and strongly insisted upon it

everyway, that instead of our going together among the whaling-fleet in

everyway - in jeder Hinsicht

going together - zusammengehend [alt], zusammen gehend

harbor, and in concert selecting our craft; instead of this, I say,

Yojo earnestly enjoined that the selection of the ship should rest

enjoined - (enjoin) auferlegen, vorschreiben, anordnen, ermahnen

wholly with me, inasmuch as Yojo purposed befriending us; and, in order

inasmuch - als, insofern als, insofern

befriending - (befriend) behilflich sein, freundlich sein

to do so, had already pitched upon a vessel, which, if left to myself,

I, Ishmael, should infallibly light upon, for all the world as though

it had turned out by chance; and in that vessel I must immediately ship

myself, for the present irrespective of Queequeg.

irrespective - ungeachtet, ohne Bercksichtigung, unabhngig

I have forgotten to mention that, in many things, Queequeg placed great

confidence in the excellence of Yojos judgment and surprising forecast

of things; and cherished Yojo with considerable esteem, as a rather

esteem - Achtung, Ansehen, Wertschtzung, schtzen

good sort of god, who perhaps meant well enough upon the whole, but in

all cases did not succeed in his benevolent designs.

benevolent - wohlwollend altruistisch

Now, this plan of Queequegs, or rather Yojos, touching the selection

of our craft; I did not like that plan at all. I had not a little

relied upon Queequegs sagacity to point out the whaler best fitted to

sagacity - Weisheit

carry us and our fortunes securely. But as all my remonstrances

securely - sicher

remonstrances - (remonstrance) Protest, Einspruch, Beschwerde

produced no effect upon Queequeg, I was obliged to acquiesce; and

acquiesce - hinnehmen, einwilligen, dulden

accordingly prepared to set about this business with a determined

rushing sort of energy and vigor, that should quickly settle that

trifling little affair. Next morning early, leaving Queequeg shut up

trifling - unbedeutend Leichtfertigkei

with Yojo in our little bedroom"for it seemed that it was some sort of

Lent or Ramadan, or day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer with

humiliation - Demtigung, Erniedrigung

Queequeg and Yojo that day; _how_ it was I never could find out, for,

though I applied myself to it several times, I never could master his

liturgies and XXXIX Articles"leaving Queequeg, then, fasting on his

liturgies - (Liturgy) Liturgie

tomahawk pipe, and Yojo warming himself at his sacrificial fire of

shavings, I sallied out among the shipping. After much prolonged

sauntering and many random inquiries, I learnt that there were three

sauntering - schlendernd; (saunter) erman: mig umherschlendern bummeln (to saunter about) erman: Umherschlendern gemchliche Wanderung; Schlendergang

inquiries - (inquiry) Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchun

ships up for three-years voyages"The Devil-dam, the Tit-bit, and the

Tit - Zitze, Meise

Pequod. _Devil-Dam_, I do not know the origin of; _Tit-bit_ is obvious;

_Pequod_, you will no doubt remember, was the name of a celebrated

tribe of Massachusetts Indians; now extinct as the ancient Medes. I

Indians - (Indian) indisch indianisch Inder, Inderin, Indianer, Indianerin

extinct - erloschen aussterben

Medes - (Mede) Meder, Mederin

peered and pryed about the Devil-dam; from her, hopped over to the

pryed - geschnffelt

hopped - (hop) tanzen (hpfen);schwoofen (ugs. tanzen

Tit-bit; and finally, going on board the Pequod, looked around her for

a moment, and then decided that this was the very ship for us.

You may have seen many a quaint craft in your day, for aught I

quaint - wunderlich, originell, anheimelnd

aught - etwas

know;"square-toed luggers; mountainous Japanese junks; butter-box

Japanese - japanisch Japaner (Japanerin; Japanese ) Japanisch

junks - (junk) Klamotte, Kluft (Kleider), Klamotten

galliots, and what not; but take my word for it, you never saw such a

rare old craft as this same rare old Pequod. She was a ship of the old

school, rather small if anything; with an old-fashioned claw-footed

claw - zerkratzen;Kralle, Fang (Vogelkralle), Klaue

look about her. Long seasoned and weather-stained in the typhoons and

typhoons - (typhoon) Taifun

calms of all four oceans, her old hulls complexion was darkened like a

French grenadiers, who has alike fought in Egypt and Siberia. Her

venerable bows looked bearded. Her masts"cut somewhere on the coast of

bearded - (beard) Bart Alibifreundin

Japan, where her original ones were lost overboard in a gale"her masts

stood stiffly up like the spines of the three old kings of Cologne. Her

stiffly - steif, krftig

Cologne - Kln

ancient decks were worn and wrinkled, like the pilgrim-worshipped

pilgrim - Pilger, Wallfahrer

flag-stone in Canterbury Cathedral where Becket bled. But to all these

Cathedral - Kirche, Mnster, Kathedrale, Dom

her old antiquities, were added new and marvellous features, pertaining

antiquities - (antiquity) Antike, Altertum

pertaining - (pertain) gehren, verbunden, betreffen, sich beziehen auf

to the wild business that for more than half a century she had

followed. Old Captain Peleg, many years her chief-mate, before he

commanded another vessel of his own, and now a retired seaman, and one

seaman - Matrose

of the principal owners of the Pequod,"this old Peleg, during the term

of his chief-mateship, had built upon her original grotesqueness, and

mateship - Kameradschaft

grotesqueness - Groteske

inlaid it, all over, with a quaintness both of material and device,

inlaid - (inlay) Plombe

quaintness - Seltsamkeit

unmatched by anything except it be Thorkill-Hakes carved buckler or

unmatched - unerreicht, unvergleichliche

buckler - Faustschild, Tartsche

bedstead. She was apparelled like any barbaric Ethiopian emperor, his

apparelled - (apparel) Kleidung

barbaric - barbarisch

Ethiopian - thiopier, thiopierin, thiopisch

emperor - Kaiser, Imperator

neck heavy with pendants of polished ivory. She was a thing of

pendants - (pendant) Anhnger

trophies. A cannibal of a craft, tricking herself forth in the chased

bones of her enemies. All round, her unpanelled, open bulwarks were

garnished like one continuous jaw, with the long sharp teeth of the

garnished - (garnish) verzieren, garnieren, Garnierung

sperm whale, inserted there for pins, to fasten her old hempen thews

hempen - hanfen

and tendons to. Those thews ran not through base blocks of land wood,

tendons - (tendon) Sehne

but deftly travelled over sheaves of sea-ivory. Scorning a turnstile

sheaves - (sheaf) Garbe Bndel

Scorning - verachtend; (scorn) verachten verschmhen verspotten Verachtung

turnstile - Drehkreuz

wheel at her reverend helm, she sported there a tiller; and that tiller

reverend - Hochwrden,

tiller - Bodenfrse;Ackerfrse

was in one mass, curiously carved from the long narrow lower jaw of her

curiously - neugierige

hereditary foe. The helmsman who steered by that tiller in a tempest,

foe - Feind

helmsman - Steuermann, Rudergnger

felt like the Tartar, when he holds back his fiery steed by clutching

holds back - (hold back) sich zgerlich geben, zurckhalten

steed - erman: Ross (see also Stute )

clutching - (clutch) Vogelgelege;Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

its jaw. A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things

melancholy - Melancholie, Schwermut, Wehmut

are touched with that.

Now when I looked about the quarter-deck, for some one having

authority, in order to propose myself as a candidate for the voyage, at

first I saw nobody; but I could not well overlook a strange sort of

tent, or rather wigwam, pitched a little behind the main-mast. It

wigwam - Wigwam

seemed only a temporary erection used in port. It was of a conical

conical - konisch

shape, some ten feet high; consisting of the long, huge slabs of limber

slabs - (slab) Schalbrett, Roheisenblock, Tafel;Betonstrae;abschwarte

black bone taken from the middle and highest part of the jaws of the

right-whale. Planted with their broad ends on the deck, a circle of

these slabs laced together, mutually sloped towards each other, and at

laced - (lac) Gummilack

mutually - gegenseitig

the apex united in a tufted point, where the loose hairy fibres waved

apex - Gipfel Spitze

hairy - behaart, haarig, pelzartig

to and fro like the top-knot on some old Pottowottamie Sachems head. A

triangular opening faced towards the bows of the ship, so that the

triangular - dreieckig Dreieck

insider commanded a complete view forward.

And half concealed in this queer tenement, I at length found one who by

tenement - Mietskaserne, Wohnungsblock; q

his aspect seemed to have authority; and who, it being noon, and the

ships work suspended, was now enjoying respite from the burden of

respite - Aufschub, Frist, Atempause, Bedenkzei

command. He was seated on an old-fashioned oaken chair, wriggling all

oaken - eichen

over with curious carving; and the bottom of which was formed of a

stout interlacing of the same elastic stuff of which the wigwam was

stout - beleibt

interlacing - (interlace) Flechtband Zeilensprung verflechten, verschrnke


There was nothing so very particular, perhaps, about the appearance of

the elderly man I saw; he was brown and brawny, like most old seamen,

and heavily rolled up in blue pilot-cloth, cut in the Quaker style;

Quaker - Quker

only there was a fine and almost microscopic net-work of the minutest

microscopic - mikroskopisch

wrinkles interlacing round his eyes, which must have arisen from his

arisen from - entsprungen

continual sailings in many hard gales, and always looking to

sailings - Fahrten

gales - (gal) Wach auf!;Mdel

windward;"for this causes the muscles about the eyes to become pursed

windward - luvwrts gelegen, windwrts gelegen, im Wind gelege

pursed - (purs) Geldbeutel

together. Such eye-wrinkles are very effectual in a scowl.

effectual - krftig, wirksam

scowl - mrrischer Gesichtsausdruck;finster blicken

Is this the Captain of the Pequod? said I, advancing to the door of

the tent.

Supposing it be the captain of the Pequod, what dost thou want of

him? he demanded.

I was thinking of shipping.

Thou wast, wast thou? I see thou art no Nantucketer"ever been in a

stove boat?

No, Sir, I never have.

Dost know nothing at all about whaling, I dare say"eh?

Nothing, Sir; but I have no doubt I shall soon learn. Ive been

several voyages in the merchant service, and I think that"

Merchant service be damned. Talk not that lingo to me. Dost see that

damned - verdammt, verflucht; (damn) verdammen, verfluchen, chte

lingo - Jargon

leg?"Ill take that leg away from thy stern, if ever thou talkest of

talkest - redet

the marchant service to me again. Marchant service indeed! I suppose

now ye feel considerable proud of having served in those marchant

ships. But flukes! man, what makes thee want to go a whaling, eh?"it

looks a little suspicious, dont it, eh?"Hast not been a pirate, hast

thou?"Didst not rob thy last Captain, didst thou?"Dost not think of

murdering the officers when thou gettest to sea?

I protested my innocence of these things. I saw that under the mask of

innocence - Unschuld Harmlosigkeit

these half humorous innuendoes, this old seaman, as an insulated

innuendoes - Anspielungen

insulated - (insulate) isolieren

Quakerish Nantucketer, was full of his insular prejudices, and rather

Quakerish - Qukerisch

distrustful of all aliens, unless they hailed from Cape Cod or the

distrustful - misstrauisch


Vineyard - Weinberg, Weingarten

But what takes thee a-whaling? I want to know that before I think of

shipping ye.

Well, sir, I want to see what whaling is. I want to see the world.

Want to see what whaling is, eh? Have ye clapped eye on Captain Ahab?

clapped - (clap) Tripper, Beifall;klatschen

Who is Captain Ahab, sir?

Ahab - Ahab

Aye, aye, I thought so. Captain Ahab is the Captain of this ship.

I am mistaken then. I thought I was speaking to the Captain himself.

Thou art speaking to Captain Peleg"thats who ye are speaking to,

young man. It belongs to me and Captain Bildad to see the Pequod fitted

out for the voyage, and supplied with all her needs, including crew. We

are part owners and agents. But as I was going to say, if thou wantest

wantest - wollen

to know what whaling is, as thou tellest ye do, I can put ye in a way

of finding it out before ye bind yourself to it, past backing out. Clap

Clap - Tripper, Beifall;klatschen

eye on Captain Ahab, young man, and thou wilt find that he has only one

wilt - welken


What do you mean, sir? Was the other one lost by a whale?

Lost by a whale! Young man, come nearer to me: it was devoured, chewed

devoured - (devour) verschlingen, fressen, herunterschlingen, zerstren

chewed - (chew) kauen

up, crunched by the monstrousest parmacetty that ever chipped a

crunched - (crunch) zermalen knirschen, knuspern, kalkulieren, durchrechne

monstrousest - (monstrous) ungeheuerlich, monstrs, grotesk, monsterhaf

boat!"ah, ah!

I was a little alarmed by his energy, perhaps also a little touched at

the hearty grief in his concluding exclamation, but said as calmly as I

hearty - herzlich, herzhaft, deftig

exclamation - Ausruf Exklamation

could, What you say is no doubt true enough, sir; but how could I know

there was any peculiar ferocity in that particular whale, though indeed

ferocity - Grausamkeit, Wildheit

I might have inferred as much from the simple fact of the accident.

Look ye now, young man, thy lungs are a sort of soft, dye see; thou

dost not talk shark a bit. _Sure_, yeve been to sea before now; sure

of that?

Sir, said I, I thought I told you that I had been four voyages in

the merchant"

Hard down out of that! Mind what I said about the marchant

service"dont aggravate me"I wont have it. But let us understand each

aggravate - verschlimmern, erschweren, rgern, verbittern

other. I have given thee a hint about what whaling is; do ye yet feel

inclined for it?

I do, sir.

Very good. Now, art thou the man to pitch a harpoon down a live

whales throat, and then jump after it? Answer, quick!

I am, sir, if it should be positively indispensable to do so; not to

positively - definitiv, bestimmt, entschieden, eindeutig

indispensable - unverzichtbar ausnahmlos, grundstzlich, unabdingba

be got rid of, that is; which I dont take to be the fact.

Good again. Now then, thou not only wantest to go a-whaling, to find

out by experience what whaling is, but ye also want to go in order to

see the world? Was not that what ye said? I thought so. Well then, just

step forward there, and take a peep over the weather-bow, and then back

to me and tell me what ye see there.

For a moment I stood a little puzzled by this curious request, not

knowing exactly how to take it, whether humorously or in earnest. But

humorously - humoristische, humorvoll

concentrating all his crows feet into one scowl, Captain Peleg started

me on the errand.

Going forward and glancing over the weather bow, I perceived that the

ship swinging to her anchor with the flood-tide, was now obliquely

obliquely - schrg

pointing towards the open ocean. The prospect was unlimited, but

unlimited - unbeschrnkt, unbegrenzt

exceedingly monotonous and forbidding; not the slightest variety that I

monotonous - monoton, eintnig, abwechslungslos

could see.

Well, whats the report? said Peleg when I came back; what did ye


Not much, I replied"nothing but water; considerable horizon though,

and theres a squall coming up, I think.

squall - Be, Sturmbe

Well, what does thou think then of seeing the world? Do ye wish to go

round Cape Horn to see any more of it, eh? Cant ye see the world where

you stand?

I was a little staggered, but go a-whaling I must, and I would; and the

staggered - (stagger) Staffelung;abstufen, staffeln, wanken

Pequod was as good a ship as any"I thought the best"and all this I now

repeated to Peleg. Seeing me so determined, he expressed his

willingness to ship me.

And thou mayest as well sign the papers right off, he added"come

mayest - (may) Mai

along with ye. And so saying, he led the way below deck into the


Seated on the transom was what seemed to me a most uncommon and

transom - Sturz, Holm, Kmpfer, waagerechte Leiste, Heckbalken, Spiege

uncommon - ungebruchlich ungewhnlich

surprising figure. It turned out to be Captain Bildad, who along with

Captain Peleg was one of the largest owners of the vessel; the other

shares, as is sometimes the case in these ports, being held by a crowd

of old annuitants; widows, fatherless children, and chancery wards;

annuitants - (annuitant) Rentenempfnger

fatherless - vaterlos

chancery - Kanzleigericht, Registergericht

each owning about the value of a timber head, or a foot of plank, or a

nail or two in the ship. People in Nantucket invest their money in

whaling vessels, the same way that you do yours in approved state

stocks bringing in good interest.

Now, Bildad, like Peleg, and indeed many other Nantucketers, was a

Quaker, the island having been originally settled by that sect; and to

sect - Sekte

this day its inhabitants in general retain in an uncommon measure the

peculiarities of the Quaker, only variously and anomalously modified by

variously - vielfltig

anomalously - anormal, anomal

things altogether alien and heterogeneous. For some of these same

heterogeneous - heterogen

Quakers are the most sanguinary of all sailors and whale-hunters. They

Quakers - (Quaker) Quker

sanguinary - blutbefleckt, t-checkblutdrstig, checkmrderisch

are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance.

So that there are instances among them of men, who, named with

Scripture names"a singularly common fashion on the island"and in

Scripture - Heilige Schrift

singularly - singularisch

childhood naturally imbibing the stately dramatic thee and thou of the

imbibing - (imbibe) trinken vereinnahmen

Quaker idiom; still, from the audacious, daring, and boundless

idiom - Idiom, Dialekt, Mundart, Redeweise

audacious - khn, unverfroren, waghalsig

adventure of their subsequent lives, strangely blend with these

unoutgrown peculiarities, a thousand bold dashes of character, not

unoutgrown - Unerwachsen

dashes - (dash) Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Spurt, Sprint

unworthy a Scandinavian sea-king, or a poetical Pagan Roman. And when

unworthy - unwrdig

Scandinavian - Skandinavier, Skandinavierin, skandinavisch

poetical - poetisch

these things unite in a man of greatly superior natural force, with a

globular brain and a ponderous heart; who has also by the stillness and

globular - kugelfrmig

stillness - Stille

seclusion of many long night-watches in the remotest waters, and

seclusion - Abgeschiedenheit, Abschottung, Absonderung

beneath constellations never seen here at the north, been led to think

constellations - (constellation) Sternbild, Asterismus, Konstellatio

untraditionally and independently; receiving all natures sweet or

untraditionally - untraditionell

independently - unabhngig, selbststndig

savage impressions fresh from her own virgin voluntary and confiding

virgin - Jungfrau jungfrulich nativ

confiding - (confide) vertrauen einweihen, ins Vertrauen ziehen

breast, and thereby chiefly, but with some help from accidental

accidental - versehentlich, zufllig, Zufall, Versehen

advantages, to learn a bold and nervous lofty language"that man makes

one in a whole nations census"a mighty pageant creature, formed for

pageant - Festzug, Aufzug, Umzug, Festumzug

noble tragedies. Nor will it at all detract from him, dramatically

detract - entziehen

regarded, if either by birth or other circumstances, he have what seems

a half wilful overruling morbidness at the bottom of his nature. For

overruling - (overrule) berstimmen, verwerfen

morbidness - Krankhaftigkeiten

all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness. Be

tragically - tragisch, tragische

sure of this, O young ambition, all mortal greatness is but disease.

greatness - Gre

But, as yet we have not to do with such an one, but with quite another;

and still a man, who, if indeed peculiar, it only results again from

another phase of the Quaker, modified by individual circumstances.

Like Captain Peleg, Captain Bildad was a well-to-do, retired whaleman.

But unlike Captain Peleg"who cared not a rush for what are called

serious things, and indeed deemed those self-same serious things the

veriest of all trifles"Captain Bildad had not only been originally

trifles - (trifle) Trifle Kleinigkeit, ein bisschen, ein weni

educated according to the strictest sect of Nantucket Quakerism, but

Quakerism - Qukertum

all his subsequent ocean life, and the sight of many unclad, lovely

unclad - unerzogen; (unclothe) unerzogen

island creatures, round the Horn"all that had not moved this native

born Quaker one single jot, had not so much as altered one angle of his

jot - schnell hinschreiben

vest. Still, for all this immutableness, was there some lack of common

immutableness - Unvernderlichkeit

consistency about worthy Captain Bildad. Though refusing, from

refusing - (refuse) Mll;abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

conscientious scruples, to bear arms against land invaders, yet himself

conscientious - gewissenhaft Gewissens-, dem Gewissen verpflichte

scruples - (scruple) Skrupel

invaders - (invader) Eindringling, Eroberer, Erobererin

had illimitably invaded the Atlantic and Pacific; and though a sworn

illimitably - unermessliche

foe to human bloodshed, yet had he in his straight-bodied coat, spilled

bloodshed - Blutvergieen, Blutbad

tuns upon tuns of leviathan gore. How now in the contemplative evening

tuns - (tun) Tonne (altes Hohlma);Fass

gore - Keil, Blut

contemplative - nachdenklich, kontemplativ

of his days, the pious Bildad reconciled these things in the

pious - fromm, piettvoll, scheinheilig

reminiscence, I do not know; but it did not seem to concern him much,

reminiscence - Erinnern Erinnerung an, Erinnerungen , Rckerinnerun

and very probably he had long since come to the sage and sensible

sage - weise, klug, Weise

conclusion that a mans religion is one thing, and this practical world

quite another. This world pays dividends. Rising from a little

dividends - (dividend) Dividend Dividende

cabin-boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a

drabbest - (drab) trist (Farbe), eintnig, dster

broad shad-bellied waistcoat; from that becoming boat-header,

shad - Maifisch

bellied - (belly) Bauch, Magen

chief-mate, and captain, and finally a ship owner; Bildad, as I hinted

before, had concluded his adventurous career by wholly retiring from

active life at the goodly age of sixty, and dedicating his remaining

goodly - schn

dedicating - (dedicate) widmen sich widmen

days to the quiet receiving of his well-earned income.

Now, Bildad, I am sorry to say, had the reputation of being an

incorrigible old hunks, and in his sea-going days, a bitter, hard

incorrigible - unverbesserbar unverbesserlich

task-master. They told me in Nantucket, though it certainly seems a

curious story, that when he sailed the old Categut whaleman, his crew,

upon arriving home, were mostly all carried ashore to the hospital,

sore exhausted and worn out. For a pious man, especially for a Quaker,

exhausted - (exhaust) erschpfen, dezimieren, Auspuff, Abgas, Abluft

he was certainly rather hard-hearted, to say the least. He never used

to swear, though, at his men, they said; but somehow he got an

inordinate quantity of cruel, unmitigated hard work out of them. When

inordinate - auerproportional

unmitigated - richtig, ganz, absolut, durch und durch

Bildad was a chief-mate, to have his drab-coloured eye intently looking

drab - trist (Farbe), eintnig, dster

at you, made you feel completely nervous, till you could clutch

clutch - Vogelgelege;Kupplung (Auto), Gelege

something"a hammer or a marling-spike, and go to work like mad, at

hammer - Hammer Schlagstck, Hahn, Schlaghebel, tMalleu

spike - Nagel, Spitze, Stachel, hre, Getreidehre, hre

something or other, never mind what. Indolence and idleness perished

Indolence - Indolenz

idleness - Unttigkeit, Stillstand, Miggang, Trgheit

before him. His own person was the exact embodiment of his utilitarian

embodiment - Verkrperung, Inbegriff, Inkarnation

utilitarian - ntzlich, zweckmig, utilitaristisch, Utilitarist

character. On his long, gaunt body, he carried no spare flesh, no

superfluous beard, his chin having a soft, economical nap to it, like

superfluous - berflssig

beard - Bart Alibifreundin

chin - Kinn

economical - sparsam, wirtschaftlich, konomisch

nap - Nickerchen, Schlfchen

the worn nap of his broad-brimmed hat.

brimmed - (brim) bersprudeln;Rand

Such, then, was the person that I saw seated on the transom when I

followed Captain Peleg down into the cabin. The space between the decks

was small; and there, bolt-upright, sat old Bildad, who always sat so,

bolt upright - (bolt-upright) kerzengerade

and never leaned, and this to save his coat tails. His broad-brim was

brim - bersprudeln;Rand

placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was

vesture - Gewandung

buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in

buttoned up - (button up) zuknpfen

reading from a ponderous volume.

Bildad, cried Captain Peleg, at it again, Bildad, eh? Ye have been

studying those Scriptures, now, for the last thirty years, to my

certain knowledge. How far ye got, Bildad?

As if long habituated to such profane talk from his old shipmate,

habituated - (habituate) gewhnen an

Bildad, without noticing his present irreverence, quietly looked up,

irreverence - Respektlosigkeit, Unerheblichkeit

and seeing me, glanced again inquiringly towards Peleg.

inquiringly - forschend

He says hes our man, Bildad, said Peleg, he wants to ship.

Dost thee? said Bildad, in a hollow tone, and turning round to me.

turning round - umlenkend

I _dost_, said I unconsciously, he was so intense a Quaker.

unconsciously - unbewusst

What do ye think of him, Bildad? said Peleg.

Hell do, said Bildad, eyeing me, and then went on spelling away at

his book in a mumbling tone quite audible.

mumbling - Genuschel, murmelnd; (mumble) murmeln, nuscheln, mmmel

audible - hrbar

I thought him the queerest old Quaker I ever saw, especially as Peleg,

his friend and old shipmate, seemed such a blusterer. But I said

blusterer - Schwadroneur, Schimpfer

nothing, only looking round me sharply. Peleg now threw open a chest,

sharply - scharf, scharfzngig, spitzzngig

and drawing forth the ships articles, placed pen and ink before him,

and seated himself at a little table. I began to think it was high time

to settle with myself at what terms I would be willing to engage for

the voyage. I was already aware that in the whaling business they paid

no wages; but all hands, including the captain, received certain shares

of the profits called _lays_, and that these lays were proportioned to

the degree of importance pertaining to the respective duties of the

ships company. I was also aware that being a green hand at whaling, my

own lay would not be very large; but considering that I was used to the

sea, could steer a ship, splice a rope, and all that, I made no doubt

splice - Verbindung spleien

that from all I had heard I should be offered at least the 275th

lay"that is, the 275th part of the clear net proceeds of the voyage,

whatever that might eventually amount to. And though the 275th lay was

what they call a rather _long lay_, yet it was better than nothing; and

if we had a lucky voyage, might pretty nearly pay for the clothing I

would wear out on it, not to speak of my three years beef and board,

for which I would not have to pay one stiver.

It might be thought that this was a poor way to accumulate a princely

princely - frstlich

fortune"and so it was, a very poor way indeed. But I am one of those

that never take on about princely fortunes, and am quite content if the

world is ready to board and lodge me, while I am putting up at this

board and lodge - Kost und Logis

grim sign of the Thunder Cloud. Upon the whole, I thought that the

275th lay would be about the fair thing, but would not have been

surprised had I been offered the 200th, considering I was of a

broad-shouldered make.

But one thing, nevertheless, that made me a little distrustful about

receiving a generous share of the profits was this: Ashore, I had heard

something of both Captain Peleg and his unaccountable old crony Bildad;

crony - Kumpan

how that they being the principal proprietors of the Pequod, therefore

proprietors - (proprietor) Inhaber, Inhaberin, Besitzer, Besitzerin

the other and more inconsiderable and scattered owners, left nearly the

inconsiderable - unscheinbar, unbetrchtlich, unbedeutend

whole management of the ships affairs to these two. And I did not know

but what the stingy old Bildad might have a mighty deal to say about

stingy - geizig

shipping hands, especially as I now found him on board the Pequod,

quite at home there in the cabin, and reading his Bible as if at his

own fireside. Now while Peleg was vainly trying to mend a pen with his

fireside - Kaminecke

vainly - vergeblich

mend - reparieren, flicken

jack-knife, old Bildad, to my no small surprise, considering that he

was such an interested party in these proceedings; Bildad never heeded

interested party - Interessent

us, but went on mumbling to himself out of his book, _Lay_ not up for

yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth"

moth - Falter (Nachtfalter), Nachtfalter

Well, Captain Bildad, interrupted Peleg, what dye say, what lay

shall we give this young man?

Thou knowest best, was the sepulchral reply, the seven hundred and

knowest - (know) kennen

sepulchral - Tod

seventy-seventh wouldnt be too much, would it?"where moth and rust do

rust - rosten, verrosten, einrosten;Rost (Eisen)

corrupt, but _lay_"

_Lay_, indeed, thought I, and such a lay! the seven hundred and

seventy-seventh! Well, old Bildad, you are determined that I, for one,

shall not _lay_ up many _lays_ here below, where moth and rust do

corrupt. It was an exceedingly _long lay_ that, indeed; and though from

the magnitude of the figure it might at first deceive a landsman, yet

deceive - betrgen, tuschen

landsman - Landbewohner

the slightest consideration will show that though seven hundred and

seventy-seven is a pretty large number, yet, when you come to make a

_teenth_ of it, you will then see, I say, that the seven hundred and

teenth - zehnte

seventy-seventh part of a farthing is a good deal less than seven

farthing - Groschen, Heller, Pfifferling, Pfennig

hundred and seventy-seven gold doubloons; and so I thought at the time.

doubloons - (doubloon) Dublone, Duplone

Why, blast your eyes, Bildad, cried Peleg, thou dost not want to

swindle this young man! he must have more than that.

swindle - betrgen schwindeln Schwindel

Seven hundred and seventy-seventh, again said Bildad, without lifting

his eyes; and then went on mumbling"for where your treasure is, there

will your heart be also.

I am going to put him down for the three hundredth, said Peleg, do

hundredth - hundertste, einhundertste, Hundertster, Hundertste, Hundertste

ye hear that, Bildad! The three hundredth lay, I say.

Bildad laid down his book, and turning solemnly towards him said,

solemnly - feierlich, festlich, ernst

Captain Peleg, thou hast a generous heart; but thou must consider the

duty thou owest to the other owners of this ship"widows and orphans,

owest - (owe) schulden, verdanken, schuldig sein

many of them"and that if we too abundantly reward the labors of this

abundantly - reichlich

labors - (Labor) Arbeit

young man, we may be taking the bread from those widows and those

orphans. The seven hundred and seventy-seventh lay, Captain Peleg.

Thou Bildad! roared Peleg, starting up and clattering about the

cabin. Blast ye, Captain Bildad, if I had followed thy advice in these

matters, I would afore now had a conscience to lug about that would be

lug - zerren, schleppen;Anschlussklemme, Vorsprung, Öse

heavy enough to founder the largest ship that ever sailed round Cape

sailed round - umschiffte


Captain Peleg, said Bildad steadily, thy conscience may be drawing

ten inches of water, or ten fathoms, I cant tell; but as thou art

still an impenitent man, Captain Peleg, I greatly fear lest thy

impenitent - unbufertig, reuelos

conscience be but a leaky one; and will in the end sink thee foundering

leaky - leck

down to the fiery pit, Captain Peleg.

Fiery pit! fiery pit! ye insult me, man; past all natural bearing, ye

insult me. Its an all-fired outrage to tell any human creature that

hes bound to hell. Flukes and flames! Bildad, say that again to me,

and start my soul-bolts, but Ill"Ill"yes, Ill swallow a live goat

goat - Ziege, Gei, Bock

with all his hair and horns on. Out of the cabin, ye canting,

canting - scheinheilig, heuchelnd, kippend; (cant) scheinheilig, heucheln

drab-coloured son of a wooden gun"a straight wake with ye!

As he thundered out this he made a rush at Bildad, but with a

thundered - (thunder) Donner Donnern

marvellous oblique, sliding celerity, Bildad for that time eluded him.

celerity - Geschwindigkeit

eluded - (elude) entziehen

Alarmed at this terrible outburst between the two principal and

outburst - hervorbrechen;Ausbruch

responsible owners of the ship, and feeling half a mind to give up all

idea of sailing in a vessel so questionably owned and temporarily

questionably - fragwrdig

commanded, I stepped aside from the door to give egress to Bildad, who,

egress - Ausgang

I made no doubt, was all eagerness to vanish from before the awakened

wrath of Peleg. But to my astonishment, he sat down again on the

transom very quietly, and seemed to have not the slightest intention of

withdrawing. He seemed quite used to impenitent Peleg and his ways. As

for Peleg, after letting off his rage as he had, there seemed no more

letting off - ablassend

left in him, and he, too, sat down like a lamb, though he twitched a

lamb - Lamm, Lammfleisch

little as if still nervously agitated. Whew! he whistled at last"the

nervously - nervs, erregbar, gereizt, hektisch

agitated - (agitate) aufwhlen, aufrhren, schtteln

whistled - (whistle) Pfeife, Trillerpfeife, Flte, Pfeifen, Pfiff

squalls gone off to leeward, I think. Bildad, thou used to be good at

leeward - leewrts gelegen, windabwrts gelegen, windabgewandt gelege

sharpening a lance, mend that pen, will ye. My jack-knife here needs

sharpening - (sharpen) schrfen

the grindstone. Thats he; thank ye, Bildad. Now then, my young man,

grindstone - Schleifstein

Ishmaels thy name, didnt ye say? Well then, down ye go here, Ishmael,

for the three hundredth lay.

Captain Peleg, said I, I have a friend with me who wants to ship

too"shall I bring him down to-morrow?

To be sure, said Peleg. Fetch him along, and well look at him.

What lay does he want? groaned Bildad, glancing up from the book in

groaned - (groan) Sthnen Seufzen, chzen, Knarren

which he had again been burying himself.

Oh! never thee mind about that, Bildad, said Peleg. Has he ever

whaled it any? turning to me.

whaled - (whale) der Wal

Killed more whales than I can count, Captain Peleg.

Well, bring him along then.

And, after signing the papers, off I went; nothing doubting but that I

had done a good mornings work, and that the Pequod was the identical

ship that Yojo had provided to carry Queequeg and me round the Cape.

But I had not proceeded far, when I began to bethink me that the

Captain with whom I was to sail yet remained unseen by me; though,

indeed, in many cases, a whale-ship will be completely fitted out, and

fitted out - ausstaffiert

receive all her crew on board, ere the captain makes himself visible by

arriving to take command; for sometimes these voyages are so prolonged,

and the shore intervals at home so exceedingly brief, that if the

captain have a family, or any absorbing concernment of that sort, he

does not trouble himself much about his ship in port, but leaves her to

the owners till all is ready for sea. However, it is always as well to

ready for sea - seeklar

have a look at him before irrevocably committing yourself into his

irrevocably - unumstlich, unwiderruflich

hands. Turning back I accosted Captain Peleg, inquiring where Captain

inquiring - (inquire) erkundigen

Ahab was to be found.

And what dost thou want of Captain Ahab? Its all right enough; thou

art shipped.

Yes, but I should like to see him.

But I dont think thou wilt be able to at present. I dont know

exactly whats the matter with him; but he keeps close inside the

house; a sort of sick, and yet he dont look so. In fact, he aint

sick; but no, he isnt well either. Any how, young man, he wont always

see me, so I dont suppose he will thee. Hes a queer man, Captain

Ahab"so some think"but a good one. Oh, thoult like him well enough; no

fear, no fear. Hes a grand, ungodly, god-like man, Captain Ahab;

ungodly - gottlos, scheulich

doesnt speak much; but, when he does speak, then you may well listen.

Mark ye, be forewarned; Ahabs above the common; Ahabs been in

forewarned - (forewarn) vorwarnen

colleges, as well as mong the cannibals; been used to deeper wonders

than the waves; fixed his fiery lance in mightier, stranger foes than

foes - (foe) Feind

whales. His lance! aye, the keenest and the surest that out of all our

isle! Oh! he aint Captain Bildad; no, and he aint Captain Peleg;

_hes Ahab_, boy; and Ahab of old, thou knowest, was a crowned king!

And a very vile one. When that wicked king was slain, the dogs, did

they not lick his blood?

lick - schlecken, lecken;flitzen

Come hither to me"hither, hither, said Peleg, with a significance in

his eye that almost startled me. Look ye, lad; never say that on board

the Pequod. Never say it anywhere. Captain Ahab did not name himself.

Twas a foolish, ignorant whim of his crazy, widowed mother, who died

foolish - dumm, nrrisch, tricht

when he was only a twelvemonth old. And yet the old squaw Tistig, at

twelvemonth - Zwlfmonat

squaw - Indianerin

Gayhead, said that the name would somehow prove prophetic. And,

Gayhead - Schwulenkopf

prophetic - prophetisch

perhaps, other fools like her may tell thee the same. I wish to warn

thee. Its a lie. I know Captain Ahab well; Ive sailed with him as

mate years ago; I know what he is"a good man"not a pious, good man,

like Bildad, but a swearing good man"something like me"only theres a

good deal more of him. Aye, aye, I know that he was never very jolly;

and I know that on the passage home, he was a little out of his mind

for a spell; but it was the sharp shooting pains in his bleeding stump

stump - Stumpf Estompe ratlos sein, verblfft sei

that brought that about, as any one might see. I know, too, that ever

since he lost his leg last voyage by that accursed whale, hes been a

accursed - (accurse) akkurat

kind of moody"desperate moody, and savage sometimes; but that will all

pass off. And once for all, let me tell thee and assure thee, young

pass off - vergehen

man, its better to sail with a moody good captain than a laughing bad

one. So good-bye to thee"and wrong not Captain Ahab, because he happens

to have a wicked name. Besides, my boy, he has a wife"not three voyages

wedded"a sweet, resigned girl. Think of that; by that sweet girl that

old man has a child: hold ye then there can be any utter, hopeless harm

in Ahab? No, no, my lad; stricken, blasted, if he be, Ahab has his


As I walked away, I was full of thoughtfulness; what had been

thoughtfulness - Nachdenklichkeit

incidentally revealed to me of Captain Ahab, filled me with a certain

incidentally - nebenbei zufllig, zuflligerweise, apropos, brigen

wild vagueness of painfulness concerning him. And somehow, at the time,

vagueness - Unklarheit, Vagheit, Verschwommenheit

painfulness - Peinlichkeit

I felt a sympathy and a sorrow for him, but for I dont know what,

sorrow - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge

unless it was the cruel loss of his leg. And yet I also felt a strange

awe of him; but that sort of awe, which I cannot at all describe, was

not exactly awe; I do not know what it was. But I felt it; and it did

not disincline me towards him; though I felt impatience at what seemed

disincline - abgeneigt machen

impatience - Ungeduld

like mystery in him, so imperfectly as he was known to me then.

imperfectly - unvollstndige, unvollkommen

However, my thoughts were at length carried in other directions, so

that for the present dark Ahab slipped my mind.

CHAPTER 17. The Ramadan.

As Queequegs Ramadan, or Fasting and Humiliation, was to continue all

day, I did not choose to disturb him till towards night-fall; for I

cherish the greatest respect towards everybodys religious obligations,

never mind how comical, and could not find it in my heart to undervalue

undervalue - unterbewerten, unterschtzen

even a congregation of ants worshipping a toad-stool; or those other

ants - (ant) Ameise

toad - Krte

stool - Stuhl, Kot, Hocker

creatures in certain parts of our earth, who with a degree of

footmanism quite unprecedented in other planets, bow down before the

footmanism - Lakaientum

torso of a deceased landed proprietor merely on account of the

torso - Torso, Rumpf, Oberkrper, Leib

deceased - (decease) Ableben, Exitus, Hinschied, hinscheiden

inordinate possessions yet owned and rented in his name.

I say, we good Presbyterian Christians should be charitable in these

things, and not fancy ourselves so vastly superior to other mortals,

vastly - erheblich, ungeheuer

pagans and what not, because of their half-crazy conceits on these

subjects. There was Queequeg, now, certainly entertaining the most

absurd notions about Yojo and his Ramadan;"but what of that? Queequeg

thought he knew what he was about, I suppose; he seemed to be content;

and there let him rest. All our arguing with him would not avail; let

avail - ausnutzen helfen, ntzen, Erfolg

him be, I say: and Heaven have mercy on us all"Presbyterians and Pagans

Presbyterians - (Presbyterian) presbyterianisch

alike"for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and

sadly need mending.

mending - instandsetzend, reparierend, verbessernd; (mend) repariere

towards evening, when I felt assured that all his performances and

towards evening - gegen Abend

rituals must be over, I went up to his room and knocked at the door;

knocked at - angeklopft

but no answer. I tried to open it, but it was fastened inside.

Queequeg, said I softly through the key-hole:"all silent. I say,

Queequeg! why dont you speak? Its I"Ishmael. But all remained still

as before. I began to grow alarmed. I had allowed him such abundant

time; I thought he might have had an apoplectic fit. I looked through

apoplectic - apoplektisch

the key-hole; but the door opening into an odd corner of the room, the

key-hole prospect was but a crooked and sinister one. I could only see

sinister - sinister bse, links, linksseitig, linker

part of the foot-board of the bed and a line of the wall, but nothing

more. I was surprised to behold resting against the wall the wooden

shaft of Queequegs harpoon, which the landlady the evening previous

shaft - Schaft Strahl Schacht hereinlegen, bervorteilen, bemogel

landlady - Vermieterin, Hauswirtin

had taken from him, before our mounting to the chamber. Thats strange,

thought I; but at any rate, since the harpoon stands yonder, and he

seldom or never goes abroad without it, therefore he must be inside

here, and no possible mistake.

Queequeg!"Queequeg!"all still. Something must have happened.

Apoplexy! I tried to burst open the door; but it stubbornly resisted.

Apoplexy - Apoplexia, Apoplexie, Schlaganfall, Apoplex

burst open - gesprengt

stubbornly - hartnckige

Running down stairs, I quickly stated my suspicions to the first person

I met"the chamber-maid. La! la! she cried, I thought something must

maid - Mdchen Stubenmdchen

be the matter. I went to make the bed after breakfast, and the door was

locked; and not a mouse to be heard; and its been just so silent ever

since. But I thought, may be, you had both gone off and locked your

baggage in for safe keeping. La! la, maam!"Mistress! murder! Mrs.

La - US-Bundesstaat

Mistress - Frau, Meisterin, Herrscherin, Mtresse, Liebhaberin, Domina

Hussey! apoplexy!"and with these cries, she ran towards the kitchen, I


Mrs. Hussey soon appeared, with a mustard-pot in one hand and a

mustard pot - (mustard-pot) Senftopf

vinegar-cruet in the other, having just broken away from the occupation

vinegar - Essig

cruet - Messknnchen

broken away - (break away) abbrechen

of attending to the castors, and scolding her little black boy

castors - (Castor) positiver Nachlauf, Radnachlauf, Nachlauf;Fahrroll


Wood-house! cried I, which way to it? Run for Gods sake, and fetch

something to pry open the door"the axe!"the axe! hes had a stroke;

pry - neugierig sein

depend upon it!"and so saying I was unmethodically rushing up stairs

again empty-handed, when Mrs. Hussey interposed the mustard-pot and

interposed - (interpose) zwischenschalten, dazwischenstellen

mustard - Senf senffarben

vinegar-cruet, and the entire castor of her countenance.

castor - positiver Nachlauf, Radnachlauf, Nachlauf;Fahrrolle, Mbelroll

Whats the matter with you, young man?

Get the axe! For Gods sake, run for the doctor, some one, while I pry

it open!

Look here, said the landlady, quickly putting down the vinegar-cruet,

so as to have one hand free; look here; are you talking about prying

prying - neugierig schauend, neugierig; (pry) neugierig schauen

open any of my doors?"and with that she seized my arm. Whats the

matter with you? Whats the matter with you, shipmate?

In as calm, but rapid a manner as possible, I gave her to understand

the whole case. Unconsciously clapping the vinegar-cruet to one side of

clapping - Klatschen ; (clap) Klatschen

her nose, she ruminated for an instant; then exclaimed"No! I havent

ruminated - (ruminate) wiederkuen grbeln

seen it since I put it there. Running to a little closet under the

closet - Schrank, Wandschrank, Kammer, Abstellkammer, Ankleide

landing of the stairs, she glanced in, and returning, told me that

Queequegs harpoon was missing. Hes killed himself, she cried. Its

unfortnate Stiggs done over again"there goes another counterpane"God

pity his poor mother!"it will be the ruin of my house. Has the poor lad

a sister? Wheres that girl?"there, Betty, go to Snarles the Painter,

and tell him to paint me a sign, with"no suicides permitted here, and

no smoking in the parlor;"might as well kill both birds at once. Kill?

The Lord be merciful to his ghost! Whats that noise there? You, young

merciful - gndig, barmherzig

man, avast there!

And running up after me, she caught me as I was again trying to force

open the door.

I dont allow it; I wont have my premises spoiled. Go for the

locksmith, theres one about a mile from here. But avast! putting her

locksmith - Schlosser

hand in her side-pocket, heres a key thatll fit, I guess; lets

side pocket - (side-pocket) Seitentasche

see. And with that, she turned it in the lock; but, alas! Queequegs

supplemental bolt remained unwithdrawn within.

supplemental - ergnzend

unwithdrawn - nicht eingezogen

Have to burst it open, said I, and was running down the entry a

little, for a good start, when the landlady caught at me, again vowing

I should not break down her premises; but I tore from her, and with a

sudden bodily rush dashed myself full against the mark.

dashed - (dash) Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Spurt, Sprint

With a prodigious noise the door flew open, and the knob slamming

knob - Knopf, Knauf

against the wall, sent the plaster to the ceiling; and there, good

heavens! there sat Queequeg, altogether cool and self-collected; right

in the middle of the room; squatting on his hams, and holding Yojo on

squatting - (squat) hocken, kauern;Achsdruckentlastung

hams - (ham) Schinken

top of his head. He looked neither one way nor the other way, but sat

like a carved image with scarce a sign of active life.

Queequeg, said I, going up to him, Queequeg, whats the matter with


He haint been a sittin so all day, has he? said the landlady.

But all we said, not a word could we drag out of him; I almost felt

like pushing him over, so as to change his position, for it was almost

intolerable, it seemed so painfully and unnaturally constrained;

intolerable - unertrglich

painfully - schmerzhaft

unnaturally - unnatrliche, unnatrlich

constrained - (constrain) behindern, einschrnken, limitieren

especially, as in all probability he had been sitting so for upwards of

eight or ten hours, going too without his regular meals.

Mrs. Hussey, said I, hes _alive_ at all events; so leave us, if you

please, and I will see to this strange affair myself.

Closing the door upon the landlady, I endeavored to prevail upon

Queequeg to take a chair; but in vain. There he sat; and all he could

do"for all my polite arts and blandishments"he would not move a peg,

blandishments - (blandishment) Schmeichelei

peg - Holzdbel, Pflock, Stift, Haltestift

nor say a single word, nor even look at me, nor notice my presence in

the slightest way.

I wonder, thought I, if this can possibly be a part of his Ramadan; do

they fast on their hams that way in his native island. It must be so;

yes, its part of his creed, I suppose; well, then, let him rest; hell

creed - Credo, Kredo, Glaubensbekenntnis ; (cree) Credo, Kred

get up sooner or later, no doubt. It cant last for ever, thank God,

and his Ramadan only comes once a year; and I dont believe its very

punctual then.

punctual - pnktlich

I went down to supper. After sitting a long time listening to the long

stories of some sailors who had just come from a plum-pudding voyage,

plum - Pflaumenbaum;Pflaume, Zwetschke (sterr.)

pudding - Blutwurst Pudding Pudding (1 2 4) checkAuflau

as they called it (that is, a short whaling-voyage in a schooner or

brig, confined to the north of the line, in the Atlantic Ocean only);

after listening to these plum-puddingers till nearly eleven oclock, I

puddingers - Puddingspieler

went up stairs to go to bed, feeling quite sure by this time Queequeg

must certainly have brought his Ramadan to a termination. But no; there

termination - Abbruch, Kndigung, Endung

he was just where I had left him; he had not stirred an inch. I began

to grow vexed with him; it seemed so downright senseless and insane to

vexed - (vex) rgern, verrgern, reizen, irritieren, beunruhigen

senseless - empfindungslos, ohne Gefhl, ohnmchtig, bewusstlo

insane - wahnsinnig, verrckt, geisteskrank

be sitting there all day and half the night on his hams in a cold room,

holding a piece of wood on his head.

For heavens sake, Queequeg, get up and shake yourself; get up and

have some supper. Youll starve; youll kill yourself, Queequeg. But

not a word did he reply.

Despairing of him, therefore, I determined to go to bed and to sleep;

Despairing - (despair) verzweifeln Verzweiflung

and no doubt, before a great while, he would follow me. But previous to

turning in, I took my heavy bearskin jacket, and threw it over him, as

it promised to be a very cold night; and he had nothing but his

ordinary round jacket on. For some time, do all I would, I could not

get into the faintest doze. I had blown out the candle; and the mere

faintest - (faint) leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmchtig werden

thought of Queequeg"not four feet off"sitting there in that uneasy

uneasy - besorgt, unangenehm, unsicher

position, stark alone in the cold and dark; this made me really

wretched. Think of it; sleeping all night in the same room with a wide

awake pagan on his hams in this dreary, unaccountable Ramadan!

But somehow I dropped off at last, and knew nothing more till break of

day; when, looking over the bedside, there squatted Queequeg, as if he

bedside - Krankenbett

squatted - (squat) hocken, kauern;Achsdruckentlastung

had been screwed down to the floor. But as soon as the first glimpse of

screwed down - zugeschraubt

sun entered the window, up he got, with stiff and grating joints, but

grating - Gitter ; (grate) Gitter

with a cheerful look; limped towards me where I lay; pressed his

limped - (limp) schlapp;hinken, lahmen

forehead again against mine; and said his Ramadan was over.

Now, as I before hinted, I have no objection to any persons religion,

be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any

other person, because that other person dont believe it also. But when

a mans religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment

frantic - auer sich, rasend

torment - Qual qulen, peinigen

to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to

lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and

argue the point with him.

And just so I now did with Queequeg. Queequeg, said I, get into bed

now, and lie and listen to me. I then went on, beginning with the rise

and progress of the primitive religions, and coming down to the various

primitive - Wortstamm & Stamm, Stammwort, Urwort, ursprngliches Wort

religions of the present time, during which time I labored to show

labored - (labor) Arbeit

Queequeg that all these Lents, Ramadans, and prolonged ham-squattings

Lents - (Lent) verliehen;lieh, geliehen;Fastenzeit;Fasten;ausgeliehen

Ramadans - (Ramadan) Ramadan

ham - Schinken

squattings - Hausbesetzungen

in cold, cheerless rooms were stark nonsense; bad for the health;

useless for the soul; opposed, in short, to the obvious laws of Hygiene

Hygiene - Hygiene

and common sense. I told him, too, that he being in other things such

an extremely sensible and sagacious savage, it pained me, very badly

sagacious - klug, scharfsinnig, weise

pained me, to see him now so deplorably foolish about this ridiculous

deplorably - bedauernswerte, klglich

Ramadan of his. Besides, argued I, fasting makes the body cave in;

hence the spirit caves in; and all thoughts born of a fast must

necessarily be half-starved. This is the reason why most dyspeptic

religionists cherish such melancholy notions about their hereafters. In

hereafters - (Hereafter) knftig

one word, Queequeg, said I, rather digressively; hell is an idea first

digressively - abschweifende

born on an undigested apple-dumpling; and since then perpetuated

undigested - unverdaut

dumpling - Kndel, Klo, Klops

perpetuated - (perpetuate) verewigen perpetuieren

through the hereditary dyspepsias nurtured by Ramadans.

dyspepsias - (dyspepsia) Verdauungsstrung

nurtured - (nurture) Umsorgen, Umhegen, Pppeln, Erziehung , Pflege

I then asked Queequeg whether he himself was ever troubled with

dyspepsia; expressing the idea very plainly, so that he could take it

dyspepsia - Verdauungsstrung

in. He said no; only upon one memorable occasion. It was after a great

feast given by his father the king, on the gaining of a great battle

wherein fifty of the enemy had been killed by about two oclock in the

afternoon, and all cooked and eaten that very evening.

No more, Queequeg, said I, shuddering; that will do; for I knew the

inferences without his further hinting them. I had seen a sailor who

inferences - (inference) Schlussfolgern, Schlussfolgerung, Inferenz

had visited that very island, and he told me that it was the custom,

when a great battle had been gained there, to barbecue all the slain in

barbecue - Grill, Barbecue, Grillen, Grillplatte

the yard or garden of the victor; and then, one by one, they were

victor - Viktor

placed in great wooden trenchers, and garnished round like a pilau,

trenchers - (trencher) Grabenfrse

with breadfruit and cocoanuts; and with some parsley in their mouths,

breadfruit - Brotfruchtbaum Brotfrucht

parsley - Petersilie

were sent round with the victors compliments to all his friends, just

compliments - (compliment) Kompliment, Lob, Anerkennung, Achtungsbezeugung

as though these presents were so many Christmas turkeys.

Christmas - Weihnachten

turkeys - (Turkey) Pute, Puter, Truthahn, Truthenne

After all, I do not think that my remarks about religion made much

impression upon Queequeg. Because, in the first place, he somehow

seemed dull of hearing on that important subject, unless considered

from his own point of view; and, in the second place, he did not more

than one third understand me, couch my ideas simply as I would; and,

couch - Liege

finally, he no doubt thought he knew a good deal more about the true

religion than I did. He looked at me with a sort of condescending

condescending - (condescend) herablassen bevormunden, herablassend behandel

concern and compassion, as though he thought it a great pity that such

a sensible young man should be so hopelessly lost to evangelical pagan

hopelessly - verzweifelt, hoffnungslose;rettungslos (verloren)

evangelical - evangelisch, evangelikal


piety - Frmmigkeit Piett

At last we rose and dressed; and Queequeg, taking a prodigiously hearty

prodigiously - wunderbare

breakfast of chowders of all sorts, so that the landlady should not

make much profit by reason of his Ramadan, we sallied out to board the

Pequod, sauntering along, and picking our teeth with halibut bones.

halibut - Heilbutt, Heiligbutt, Heiligenbutt, Pferdezunge

CHAPTER 18. His Mark.

As we were walking down the end of the wharf towards the ship, Queequeg

carrying his harpoon, Captain Peleg in his gruff voice loudly hailed us

gruff - schroff, grob

from his wigwam, saying he had not suspected my friend was a cannibal,

and furthermore announcing that he let no cannibals on board that

craft, unless they previously produced their papers.

What do you mean by that, Captain Peleg? said I, now jumping on the

bulwarks, and leaving my comrade standing on the wharf.

I mean, he replied, he must show his papers.

Yes, said Captain Bildad in his hollow voice, sticking his head from

behind Pelegs, out of the wigwam. He must show that hes converted.

Son of darkness, he added, turning to Queequeg, art thou at present

in communion with any Christian church?

communion - Kommunion

Why, said I, hes a member of the first Congregational Church. Here

Congregational - Gemeinde

be it said, that many tattooed savages sailing in Nantucket ships at

last come to be converted into the churches.

First Congregational Church, cried Bildad, what! that worships in

Deacon Deuteronomy Colemans meeting-house? and so saying, taking out

Deuteronomy - Deuteronomium

his spectacles, he rubbed them with his great yellow bandana

bandana - Piratenkopftuch, Piratentuch, Halstuch

handkerchief, and putting them on very carefully, came out of the

wigwam, and leaning stiffly over the bulwarks, took a good long look at


How long hath he been a member? he then said, turning to me; not

very long, I rather guess, young man.

No, said Peleg, and he hasnt been baptized right either, or it

would have washed some of that devils blue off his face.

Do tell, now, cried Bildad, is this Philistine a regular member of

Philistine - Philister, Philisterin

Deacon Deuteronomys meeting? I never saw him going there, and I pass

it every Lords day.

I dont know anything about Deacon Deuteronomy or his meeting, said

I; all I know is, that Queequeg here is a born member of the First

Congregational Church. He is a deacon himself, Queequeg is.

Young man, said Bildad sternly, thou art skylarking with me"explain

sternly - ernsthaft, streng

thyself, thou young Hittite. What church dost thee mean? answer me.

thyself - selbst

Hittite - Hethiter, Hethiterin, Hethitisch

Finding myself thus hard pushed, I replied. I mean, sir, the same

ancient Catholic Church to which you and I, and Captain Peleg there,

Catholic - umfassend, allumfassend, universal

and Queequeg here, and all of us, and every mothers son and soul of us

belong; the great and everlasting First Congregation of this whole

worshipping world; we all belong to that; only some of us cherish some

queer crotchets no ways touching the grand belief; in _that_ we all

crotchets - (crotchet) Viertelnote

join hands.

Splice, thou meanst _splice_ hands, cried Peleg, drawing nearer.

Young man, youd better ship for a missionary, instead of a fore-mast

hand; I never heard a better sermon. Deacon Deuteronomy"why Father

Mapple himself couldnt beat it, and hes reckoned something. Come

aboard, come aboard; never mind about the papers. I say, tell Quohog

there"whats that you call him? tell Quohog to step along. By the great

anchor, what a harpoon hes got there! looks like good stuff that; and

he handles it about right. I say, Quohog, or whatever your name is, did

you ever stand in the head of a whale-boat? did you ever strike a


Without saying a word, Queequeg, in his wild sort of way, jumped upon

the bulwarks, from thence into the bows of one of the whale-boats

hanging to the side; and then bracing his left knee, and poising his

harpoon, cried out in some such way as this:"

Capain, you see him small drop tar on water dere? You see him? well,

spose him one whale eye, well, den! and taking sharp aim at it, he

darted the iron right over old Bildads broad brim, clean across the

ships decks, and struck the glistening tar spot out of sight.

glistening - (glisten) glitzern, glnzen, gleien

Now, said Queequeg, quietly hauling in the line, spos-ee him whale-e

hauling - (haul) ziehen, schleppen, transportieren, befder

eye; why, dad whale dead.

Quick, Bildad, said Peleg, his partner, who, aghast at the close

vicinity of the flying harpoon, had retreated towards the cabin

gangway. Quick, I say, you Bildad, and get the ships papers. We must

have Hedgehog there, I mean Quohog, in one of our boats. Look ye,

Hedgehog - Igel

Quohog, well give ye the ninetieth lay, and thats more than ever was

ninetieth - neunzigste

given a harpooneer yet out of Nantucket.

So down we went into the cabin, and to my great joy Queequeg was soon

enrolled among the same ships company to which I myself belonged.

When all preliminaries were over and Peleg had got everything ready for

signing, he turned to me and said, I guess, Quohog there dont know

how to write, does he? I say, Quohog, blast ye! dost thou sign thy name

or make thy mark?

But at this question, Queequeg, who had twice or thrice before taken

part in similar ceremonies, looked no ways abashed; but taking the

abashed - (abash) beschmen

offered pen, copied upon the paper, in the proper place, an exact

counterpart of a queer round figure which was tattooed upon his arm; so

that through Captain Pelegs obstinate mistake touching his

obstinate - hartnckig, starrkpfig, stur, widerspenstig, widerborstig

appellative, it stood something like this:"

appellative - appellativ

Quohog. his X mark.

Meanwhile Captain Bildad sat earnestly and steadfastly eyeing Queequeg,

and at last rising solemnly and fumbling in the huge pockets of his

broad-skirted drab coat, took out a bundle of tracts, and selecting one

bundle - Bndel

tracts - (Tract) Gebiet, Teil

entitled The Latter Day Coming; or No Time to Lose, placed it in

Queequegs hands, and then grasping them and the book with both his,

looked earnestly into his eyes, and said, Son of darkness, I must do

my duty by thee; I am part owner of this ship, and feel concerned for

part owner - Miteigentmer

the souls of all its crew; if thou still clingest to thy Pagan ways,

clingest - haften

which I sadly fear, I beseech thee, remain not for aye a Belial

beseech - anflehen, ersuchen, bitten

bondsman. Spurn the idol Bell, and the hideous dragon; turn from the

bondsman - Sklave

Spurn - verschmhen, abweisen, verachten, treten, mit Fen trete

wrath to come; mind thine eye, I say; oh! goodness gracious! steer

gracious - gndig, gtig

clear of the fiery pit!

Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildads language,

heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases.

heterogeneously - heterogene

Scriptural - Schriftlich

Avast there, avast there, Bildad, avast now spoiling our harpooneer,

cried Peleg. Pious harpooneers never make good voyagers"it takes the

voyagers - (voyager) Reisender

shark out of em; no harpooneer is worth a straw who aint pretty

straw - Halm, Strohhalm, Stroh, strohfarben, strohgelb, Stroh-,

sharkish. There was young Nat Swaine, once the bravest boat-header out

sharkish - haifisch

of all Nantucket and the Vineyard; he joined the meeting, and never

came to good. He got so frightened about his plaguy soul, that he

shrinked and sheered away from whales, for fear of after-claps, in case

shrinked - schrumpfte, geschrumpft

claps - (clap) Tripper, Beifall;klatschen

he got stove and went to Davy Jones.

Peleg! Peleg! said Bildad, lifting his eyes and hands, thou thyself,

as I myself, hast seen many a perilous time; thou knowest, Peleg, what

it is to have the fear of death; how, then, canst thou prate in this

prate - Geschwtz plaudern, schwatzen, schwtzen, faseln

ungodly guise. Thou beliest thine own heart, Peleg. Tell me, when this

same Pequod here had her three masts overboard in that typhoon on

typhoon - Taifun

Japan, that same voyage when thou went mate with Captain Ahab, didst

thou not think of Death and the Judgment then?

Hear him, hear him now, cried Peleg, marching across the cabin, and

thrusting his hands far down into his pockets,"hear him, all of ye.

thrusting - stoend, Stichwaffe, drngend; (thrust) Sto, Stich, Vorsto

Think of that! When every moment we thought the ship would sink! Death

and the Judgment then? What? With all three masts making such an

everlasting thundering against the side; and every sea breaking over

thundering - donnernd; (thunder) Donner Donnern

us, fore and aft. Think of Death and the Judgment then? No! no time to

think about Death then. Life was what Captain Ahab and I was thinking

of; and how to save all hands"how to rig jury-masts"how to get into the

rig - ausrsten

nearest port; that was what I was thinking of.

Bildad said no more, but buttoning up his coat, stalked on deck, where

buttoning up - zuknpfend

stalked - (stalk) jdn. belauern;Stiel, Stengel

we followed him. There he stood, very quietly overlooking some

sailmakers who were mending a top-sail in the waist. Now and then he

sailmakers - (sailmaker) Segelmacher

stooped to pick up a patch, or save an end of tarred twine, which

tarred - (tar) teeren;Teer

twine - zwirnen;Faden

otherwise might have been wasted.

CHAPTER 19. The Prophet.

Shipmates, have ye shipped in that ship?

Queequeg and I had just left the Pequod, and were sauntering away from

the water, for the moment each occupied with his own thoughts, when the

above words were put to us by a stranger, who, pausing before us,

levelled his massive forefinger at the vessel in question. He was but

forefinger - Zeigefinger

shabbily apparelled in faded jacket and patched trowsers; a rag of a

shabbily - schbig

black handkerchief investing his neck. A confluent small-pox had in all

confluent - zusammenflieend

pox - Pocken

directions flowed over his face, and left it like the complicated

ribbed bed of a torrent, when the rushing waters have been dried up.

ribbed - (rib) Rippe (Profil);Drehschiene, Spant, Rippe, Lamelle

torrent - Sturzbach, Sturzflut

Have ye shipped in her? he repeated.

You mean the ship Pequod, I suppose, said I, trying to gain a little

more time for an uninterrupted look at him.

uninterrupted - ununterbrochen

Aye, the Pequod"that ship there, he said, drawing back his whole arm,

and then rapidly shoving it straight out from him, with the fixed

shoving - (shove) schieben

bayonet of his pointed finger darted full at the object.

bayonet - Bajonett

Yes, said I, we have just signed the articles.

Anything down there about your souls?

About what?

Oh, perhaps you havnt got any, he said quickly. No matter though,

I know many chaps that havnt got any,"good luck to em; and they are

chaps - (chap) Bursche, Riss (in der Haut)

all the better off for it. A souls a sort of a fifth wheel to a

fifth wheel - fnftes Rad


wagon - Wagen Bollerwagen

What are you jabbering about, shipmate? said I.

_Hes_ got enough, though, to make up for all deficiencies of that

sort in other chaps, abruptly said the stranger, placing a nervous

abruptly - abrupt, pltzlich, unerwartet, abgerissen, abschssig

emphasis upon the word _he_.

Queequeg, said I, lets go; this fellow has broken loose from

somewhere; hes talking about something and somebody we dont know.

Stop! cried the stranger. Ye said true"ye havnt seen Old Thunder

yet, have ye?

Whos Old Thunder? said I, again riveted with the insane earnestness

riveted - (rivet) Niet vernieten Aufmerksamkeit richten au

earnestness - Ernst

of his manner.

Captain Ahab.

What! the captain of our ship, the Pequod?

Aye, among some of us old sailor chaps, he goes by that name. Ye

havnt seen him yet, have ye?

No, we havnt. Hes sick they say, but is getting better, and will be

all right again before long.

All right again before long! laughed the stranger, with a solemnly

derisive sort of laugh. Look ye; when Captain Ahab is all right, then

derisive - spttisch, hhnisch, lcherlich

this left arm of mine will be all right; not before.

What do you know about him?

What did they _tell_ you about him? Say that!

They didnt tell much of anything about him; only Ive heard that hes

a good whale-hunter, and a good captain to his crew.

Thats true, thats true"yes, both true enough. But you must jump when

he gives an order. Step and growl; growl and go"thats the word with

growl - Knurren Magenknurren

Captain Ahab. But nothing about that thing that happened to him off

Cape Horn, long ago, when he lay like dead for three days and nights;

nothing about that deadly skrimmage with the Spaniard afore the altar

Spaniard - Spanier, Spanierin

altar - Altar

in Santa?"heard nothing about that, eh? Nothing about the silver

calabash he spat into? And nothing about his losing his leg last

spat - laichen;Gamasche

voyage, according to the prophecy. Didnt ye hear a word about them

prophecy - Prophezeiung, Weissagung

matters and something more, eh? No, I dont think ye did; how could ye?

Who knows it? Not all Nantucket, I guess. But howsever, mayhap, yeve

mayhap - vielleicht

heard tell about the leg, and how he lost it; aye, ye have heard of

that, I dare say. Oh yes, _that_ every one knows amost"I mean they

know hes only one leg; and that a parmacetti took the other off.

My friend, said I, what all this gibberish of yours is about, I

dont know, and I dont much care; for it seems to me that you must be

a little damaged in the head. But if you are speaking of Captain Ahab,

of that ship there, the Pequod, then let me tell you, that I know all

about the loss of his leg.

_All_ about it, eh"sure you do?"all?

Pretty sure.

With finger pointed and eye levelled at the Pequod, the beggar-like

beggar - Bettler, Bettlerin

stranger stood a moment, as if in a troubled reverie; then starting a

reverie - Trumerei

little, turned and said:"Yeve shipped, have ye? Names down on the

papers? Well, well, whats signed, is signed; and whats to be, will

be; and then again, perhaps it wont be, after all. Anyhow, its all

Anyhow - irgendwie

fixed and arranged aready; and some sailors or other must go with him,

I suppose; as well these as any other men, God pity em! Morning to ye,

shipmates, morning; the ineffable heavens bless ye; Im sorry I stopped

ineffable - unaussprechlich


Look here, friend, said I, if you have anything important to tell

us, out with it; but if you are only trying to bamboozle us, you are

bamboozle - beschwindeln, tricksen

mistaken in your game; thats all I have to say.

And its said very well, and I like to hear a chap talk up that way;

you are just the man for him"the likes of ye. Morning to ye, shipmates,

morning! Oh! when ye get there, tell em Ive concluded not to make one

of em.

Ah, my dear fellow, you cant fool us that way"you cant fool us. It

is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a

great secret in him.

Morning to ye, shipmates, morning.

Morning it is, said I. Come along, Queequeg, lets leave this crazy

man. But stop, tell me your name, will you?


Elijah! thought I, and we walked away, both commenting, after each

others fashion, upon this ragged old sailor; and agreed that he was

nothing but a humbug, trying to be a bugbear. But we had not gone

humbug - Humbug, Unsinn, Betrug, Schwindel, Gauner, Halunke

bugbear - Schrat

perhaps above a hundred yards, when chancing to turn a corner, and

looking back as I did so, who should be seen but Elijah following us,

though at a distance. Somehow, the sight of him struck me so, that I

said nothing to Queequeg of his being behind, but passed on with my

comrade, anxious to see whether the stranger would turn the same corner

that we did. He did; and then it seemed to me that he was dogging us,

but with what intent I could Not for the life of me imagine. This

Not for the life of me - Nicht um alles in der Welt!

circumstance, coupled with his ambiguous, half-hinting, half-revealing,

ambiguous - mehrdeutig (doppeldeutig, zweideutig), unklar, vage

shrouded sort of talk, now begat in me all kinds of vague wonderments

shrouded - (shroud) Leichentuch, Totenhemd

begat - (beget) erzeugen, fortpflanzen

wonderments - (wonderment) Verwunderung

and half-apprehensions, and all connected with the Pequod; and Captain

apprehensions - (apprehension) Greifen, Ergreifen, Fassen, Anfassen

Ahab; and the leg he had lost; and the Cape Horn fit; and the silver

calabash; and what Captain Peleg had said of him, when I left the ship

the day previous; and the prediction of the squaw Tistig; and the

voyage we had bound ourselves to sail; and a hundred other shadowy

shadowy - schattig


I was resolved to satisfy myself whether this ragged Elijah was really

dogging us or not, and with that intent crossed the way with Queequeg,

and on that side of it retraced our steps. But Elijah passed on,

retraced - (retrace) nachvollziehen, zurckverfolgen

without seeming to notice us. This relieved me; and once more, and

finally as it seemed to me, I pronounced him in my heart, a humbug.

CHAPTER 20. All Astir.

Astir - rege

A day or two passed, and there was great activity aboard the Pequod.

Not only were the old sails being mended, but new sails were coming on

board, and bolts of canvas, and coils of rigging; in short, everything

coils - (coil) Wendel, Spule, Wicklung;aufwickeln

betokened that the ships preparations were hurrying to a close.

Captain Peleg seldom or never went ashore, but sat in his wigwam

keeping a sharp look-out upon the hands: Bildad did all the purchasing

and providing at the stores; and the men employed in the hold and on

the rigging were working till long after night-fall.

On the day following Queequegs signing the articles, word was given at

all the inns where the ships company were stopping, that their chests

must be on board before night, for there was no telling how soon the

vessel might be sailing. So Queequeg and I got down our traps,

resolving, however, to sleep ashore till the last. But it seems they

always give very long notice in these cases, and the ship did not sail

for several days. But no wonder; there was a good deal to be done, and

there is no telling how many things to be thought of, before the Pequod

was fully equipped.

Every one knows what a multitude of things"beds, sauce-pans, knives and

forks, shovels and tongs, napkins, nut-crackers, and what not, are

shovels - (shovel) Schaufel, Schppe, schaufeln, schippen

tongs - (tong) Tong

napkins - (napkin) Serviette, Mundtuch

crackers - (Cracker) Cracker, Krcker, Crackerin

indispensable to the business of housekeeping. Just so with whaling,

housekeeping - Haushaltung, Hausarbeit, Haushalt ; (housekeep) Haushaltun

which necessitates a three-years housekeeping upon the wide ocean, far

necessitates - (necessitate) erfordern, zwingen

from all grocers, costermongers, doctors, bakers, and bankers. And

grocers - (grocer) Lebensmittelhndler, Lebensmittelhndlerin, Kaufman

costermongers - (costermonger) Straenhndler

bakers - (baker) Bcker, Bckerin

bankers - (banker) Bankhalter, Bankier, Bankkaufmann

though this also holds true of merchant vessels, yet not by any means

to the same extent as with whalemen. For besides the great length of

the whaling voyage, the numerous articles peculiar to the prosecution

of the fishery, and the impossibility of replacing them at the remote

impossibility - Unmglichkeit

harbors usually frequented, it must be remembered, that of all ships,

harbors - (harbor) Zufluchtsort, Hafen

whaling vessels are the most exposed to accidents of all kinds, and

especially to the destruction and loss of the very things upon which

the success of the voyage most depends. Hence, the spare boats, spare

spars, and spare lines and harpoons, and spare everythings, almost, but

spars - (spar) Holm (Rotorblatt); (Spar) (spar) Holm (Rotorblatt)

a spare Captain and duplicate ship.

duplicate - dupliziert, verdoppelt, vervielfltigen, kopiere

At the period of our arrival at the Island, the heaviest storage of the

Pequod had been almost completed; comprising her beef, bread, water,

fuel, and iron hoops and staves. But, as before hinted, for some time

staves - (stave) Daube Sprosse Strophe, Vers, Notenlinien, Notensystem

there was a continual fetching and carrying on board of divers odds and

ends of things, both large and small.

Chief among those who did this fetching and carrying was Captain

Bildads sister, a lean old lady of a most determined and indefatigable

most determined - zielstrebigste

indefatigable - unermdlich

spirit, but withal very kindhearted, who seemed resolved that, if _she_

kindhearted - gutherzig

could help it, nothing should be found wanting in the Pequod, after

once fairly getting to sea. At one time she would come on board with a

jar of pickles for the stewards pantry; another time with a bunch of

jar - Topf, Krug, Glasgef

pickles - (pickle) Essiggurke, Metallbeize;beizen

pantry - Speisekammer, Vorratskammer

quills for the chief mates desk, where he kept his log; a third time

with a roll of flannel for the small of some ones rheumatic back.

flannel - Flanell

rheumatic - rheumatisch

Never did any woman better deserve her name, which was Charity"Aunt

Charity, as everybody called her. And like a sister of charity did this

charitable Aunt Charity bustle about hither and thither, ready to turn

bustle - Hektik hasten

her hand and heart to anything that promised to yield safety, comfort,

and consolation to all on board a ship in which her beloved brother

consolation - Trost Trostpreis

Bildad was concerned, and in which she herself owned a score or two of

well-saved dollars.

But it was startling to see this excellent hearted Quakeress coming on

startling - berraschend, alarmierend, erschrecken

board, as she did the last day, with a long oil-ladle in one hand, and

ladle - Kelle, Suppenkelle, Schpfkelle, Schpflffel, Giepfanne

a still longer whaling lance in the other. Nor was Bildad himself nor

Captain Peleg at all backward. As for Bildad, he carried about with him

a long list of the articles needed, and at every fresh arrival, down

went his mark opposite that article upon the paper. Every once in a

while Peleg came hobbling out of his whalebone den, roaring at the men

hobbling - (hobble) Fufessel, Spannstrick

whalebone - Fischbein

roaring at - anbrllend

down the hatchways, roaring up to the riggers at the mast-head, and

hatchways - (hatchway) Ladeluke

riggers - (rigger) Takler

then concluded by roaring back into his wigwam.

During these days of preparation, Queequeg and I often visited the

craft, and as often I asked about Captain Ahab, and how he was, and

when he was going to come on board his ship. To these questions they

would answer, that he was getting better and better, and was expected

aboard every day; meantime, the two captains, Peleg and Bildad, could

attend to everything necessary to fit the vessel for the voyage. If I

had been downright honest with myself, I would have seen very plainly

in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so

long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the

absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open

sea. But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he

be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up

insensibly - unempfindlich

his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was with me. I

said nothing, and tried to think nothing.

At last it was given out that some time next day the ship would

certainly sail. So next morning, Queequeg and I took a very early


CHAPTER 21. Going Aboard.

It was nearly six oclock, but only grey imperfect misty dawn, when we

imperfect - unvollkommen, mangelhaft, unvollstndig, fehlerhaft, Imperfekt

drew nigh the wharf.

There are some sailors running ahead there, if I see right, said I to

Queequeg, it cant be shadows; shes off by sunrise, I guess; come


Avast! cried a voice, whose owner at the same time coming close

behind us, laid a hand upon both our shoulders, and then insinuating

insinuating - (insinuate) andeuten, unterstellen, insinuieren, einschmeicheln

himself between us, stood stooping forward a little, in the uncertain

uncertain - ungewiss, unsicher, unbestimmt, unbestndig

twilight, strangely peering from Queequeg to me. It was Elijah.

twilight - Dmmerung, Zwielicht, Halbdunkel

Going aboard?

Hands off, will you, said I.

Lookee here, said Queequeg, shaking himself, go way!

Aint going aboard, then?

Yes, we are, said I, but what business is that of yours? Do you

know, Mr. Elijah, that I consider you a little impertinent?

No, no, no; I wasnt aware of that, said Elijah, slowly and

wonderingly looking from me to Queequeg, with the most unaccountable

wonderingly - verwundert


Elijah, said I, you will oblige my friend and me by withdrawing. We

are going to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and would prefer not to be


Ye be, be ye? Coming back afore breakfast?

Hes cracked, Queequeg, said I, come on.

Holloa! cried stationary Elijah, hailing us when we had removed a few

stationary - stationr, unbeweglich, ortsgebunden, standortgebunden


Never mind him, said I, Queequeg, come on.

But he stole up to us again, and suddenly clapping his hand on my

shoulder, said"Did ye see anything looking like men going towards that

ship a while ago?

Struck by this plain matter-of-fact question, I answered, saying, Yes,

I thought I did see four or five men; but it was too dim to be sure.

Very dim, very dim, said Elijah. Morning to ye.

Once more we quitted him; but once more he came softly after us; and

touching my shoulder again, said, See if you can find em now, will


Find who?

Morning to ye! morning to ye! he rejoined, again moving off. Oh! I

rejoined - (rejoin) vereinigen

was going to warn ye against"but never mind, never mind"its all one,

all in the family too;"sharp frost this morning, aint it? Good-bye to

ye. Shant see ye again very soon, I guess; unless its before the

Grand Jury. And with these cracked words he finally departed, leaving

me, for the moment, in no small wonderment at his frantic impudence.

wonderment - Verwunderung

impudence - Flegelei, Frechheit, Unverschmtheit, Vermessenheit

At last, stepping on board the Pequod, we found everything in profound

quiet, not a soul moving. The cabin entrance was locked within; the

hatches were all on, and lumbered with coils of rigging. Going forward

lumbered - (lumber) Bauholz

to the forecastle, we found the slide of the scuttle open. Seeing a

scuttle - ruinieren;Lftungsblech (am Auto)

light, we went down, and found only an old rigger there, wrapped in a

rigger - Takler

tattered pea-jacket. He was thrown at whole length upon two chests, his

tattered - (tatter) zerfetzen, zerfleddern, zerfledern;Lumpen, Fetzen

face downwards and inclosed in his folded arms. The profoundest slumber

slumber - Halbschlaf, Schlummer, Schlfchen, schlummern, dsen, trumen

slept upon him.

Those sailors we saw, Queequeg, where can they have gone to? said I,

looking dubiously at the sleeper. But it seemed that, when on the

dubiously - fraglicherweise

wharf, Queequeg had not at all noticed what I now alluded to; hence I

alluded - (allude) andeuten, erwhnen

would have thought myself to have been optically deceived in that

optically - optische

deceived - (deceive) betrgen, tuschen

matter, were it not for Elijahs otherwise inexplicable question. But I

beat the thing down; and again marking the sleeper, jocularly hinted to

jocularly - witzig, lustig

Queequeg that perhaps we had best sit up with the body; telling him to

establish himself accordingly. He put his hand upon the sleepers rear,

as though feeling if it was soft enough; and then, without more ado,

sat quietly down there.

Gracious! Queequeg, dont sit there, said I.

Oh! perry dood seat, said Queequeg, my country way; wont hurt him


Face! said I, call that his face? very benevolent countenance then;

but how hard he breathes, hes heaving himself; get off, Queequeg, you

heaving - hebend, hochhebend; (heave) heben, hieven, werfen, wuchte

are heavy, its grinding the face of the poor. Get off, Queequeg! Look,

hell twitch you off soon. I wonder he dont wake.

Queequeg removed himself to just beyond the head of the sleeper, and

lighted his tomahawk pipe. I sat at the feet. We kept the pipe passing

over the sleeper, from one to the other. Meanwhile, upon questioning

him in his broken fashion, Queequeg gave me to understand that, in his

land, owing to the absence of settees and sofas of all sorts, the king,

settees - (settee) Sitzbank, Sofa

sofas - (sofa) Sofa, Couch

chiefs, and great people generally, were in the custom of fattening

fattening - mstend; (fatten) msten dick werden, dicker werden, zunehmen

some of the lower orders for ottomans; and to furnish a house

ottomans - (Ottoman) Ottomane, Canap, Couch, Polsterhocker, Sitzkissen

comfortably in that respect, you had only to buy up eight or ten lazy

comfortably - bequem, komfortabel

fellows, and lay them round in the piers and alcoves. Besides, it was

piers - (pier) Seebrcke, Anlegestelle, Kai, Brckenpfeiler

very convenient on an excursion; much better than those garden-chairs

excursion - Ausflug, Exkursion, Abschweifung, Exkurs, Digression

which are convertible into walking-sticks; upon occasion, a chief

convertible - Cabriolet, Cabrio,

calling his attendant, and desiring him to make a settee of himself

attendant - Begleiter, Wchter, Aufpasser, Aufseher

settee - Sitzbank, Sofa

under a spreading tree, perhaps in some damp marshy place.

marshy - sumpfig, morastig, versumpft, moosig

While narrating these things, every time Queequeg received the tomahawk

narrating - (narrate) erzhlen berichten

from me, he flourished the hatchet-side of it over the sleepers head.

Whats that for, Queequeg?

Perry easy, kill-e; oh! perry easy!

He was going on with some wild reminiscences about his tomahawk-pipe,

which, it seemed, had in its two uses both brained his foes and soothed

soothed - (sooth) Wahrheit

his soul, when we were directly attracted to the sleeping rigger. The

strong vapor now completely filling the contracted hole, it began to

vapor - Dampf prahlen

tell upon him. He breathed with a sort of muffledness; then seemed

muffledness - Dumpfheit

troubled in the nose; then revolved over once or twice; then sat up and

revolved - (revolve) drehen

rubbed his eyes.

Holloa! he breathed at last, who be ye smokers?

Shipped men, answered I, when does she sail?

Aye, aye, ye are going in her, be ye? She sails to-day. The Captain

came aboard last night.

What Captain?"Ahab?

Who but him indeed?

I was going to ask him some further questions concerning Ahab, when we

heard a noise on deck.

Holloa! Starbucks astir, said the rigger. Hes a lively chief mate,

that; good man, and a pious; but all alive now, I must turn to. And so

saying he went on deck, and we followed.

It was now clear sunrise. Soon the crew came on board in twos and

threes; the riggers bestirred themselves; the mates were actively

bestirred - (bestir) aufraffen

actively - aktiv active

engaged; and several of the shore people were busy in bringing various

last things on board. Meanwhile Captain Ahab remained invisibly

invisibly - unsichtbar

enshrined within his cabin.

enshrined - (enshrine) in einem Schrein bewahren verehren verankern

CHAPTER 22. Merry Christmas.

At length, towards noon, upon the final dismissal of the ships

riggers, and after the Pequod had been hauled out from the wharf, and

hauled - (haul) ziehen, schleppen, transportieren, befder

after the ever-thoughtful Charity had come off in a whale-boat, with

her last gift"a night-cap for Stubb, the second mate, her

brother-in-law, and a spare Bible for the steward"after all this, the

steward - Verwalter

two Captains, Peleg and Bildad, issued from the cabin, and turning to

the chief mate, Peleg said:

Now, Mr. Starbuck, are you sure everything is right? Captain Ahab is

all ready"just spoke to him"nothing more to be got from shore, eh?

Well, call all hands, then. Muster em aft here"blast em!

No need of profane words, however great the hurry, Peleg, said

Bildad, but away with thee, friend Starbuck, and do our bidding.

How now! 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. And, as for Captain Ahab, no sign

all appearances - allem Anschein nach

of him was yet to be seen; only, they said he was in the cabin. But

then, the idea was, that his presence was by no means necessary in

getting the ship under weigh, and steering her well out to sea. Indeed,

as that was not at all his proper business, but the pilots; and as he

was not yet completely recovered"so they said"therefore, Captain Ahab

stayed below. And all this seemed natural enough; especially as in the

merchant service many captains never show themselves on deck for a

considerable time after heaving up the anchor, but remain over the

cabin table, having a farewell merry-making with their shore friends,

farewell - Lebewohl, Adieu, Abschied, Lebewohl sagen

before they quit the ship for good with the pilot.

But there was not much chance to think over the matter, for Captain

think over - berdenken

Peleg was now all alive. He seemed to do most of the talking and

commanding, and not Bildad.

Aft here, ye sons of bachelors, he cried, as the sailors lingered at

bachelors - (bachelor) Junggeselle Bachelor

the main-mast. Mr. Starbuck, drive em aft.

Strike the tent there!"was the next order. As I hinted before, this

whalebone marquee was never pitched except in port; and on board the

marquee - Festzelt Vordach, Markise, Lauftext, Laufschrift

Pequod, for thirty years, the order to strike the tent was well known

to be the next thing to heaving up the anchor.

Man the capstan! Blood and thunder!"jump!"was the next command, and

capstan - Spill, Gangspill, q or anchor also, Capstan, Bandantriebsrolle

the crew sprang for the handspikes.

Now in getting under weigh, the station generally occupied by the pilot

is the forward part of the ship. And here Bildad, who, with Peleg, be

it known, in addition to his other officers, was one of the licensed

pilots of the port"he being suspected to have got himself made a pilot

in order to save the Nantucket pilot-fee to all the ships he was

concerned in, for he never piloted any other craft"Bildad, I say, might

now be seen actively engaged in looking over the bows for the

approaching anchor, and at intervals singing what seemed a dismal stave

of psalmody, to cheer the hands at the windlass, who roared forth some

windlass - winden

sort of a chorus about the girls in Booble Alley, with hearty good

chorus - Chor Refrain, Kehrreim, Chorus

Alley - Allee, Bahn, Weg, Gasse, Pfad

will. Nevertheless, not three days previous, Bildad had told them that

no profane songs would be allowed on board the Pequod, particularly in

getting under weigh; and Charity, his sister, had placed a small choice

copy of Watts in each seamans berth.

Watts - (watt) Watt

Meantime, overseeing the other part of the ship, Captain Peleg ripped

and swore astern in the most frightful manner. I almost thought he

frightful - schrecklich

would sink the ship before the anchor could be got up; involuntarily I

paused on my handspike, and told Queequeg to do the same, thinking of

the perils we both ran, in starting on the voyage with such a devil for

a pilot. I was comforting myself, however, with the thought that in

pious Bildad might be found some salvation, spite of his seven hundred

and seventy-seventh lay; when I felt a sudden sharp poke in my rear,

poke - stoen, stecken, stbern

and turning round, was horrified at the apparition of Captain Peleg in

horrified - (horrify) entsetzen, erschrecken, schockieren

apparition - Erscheinung

the act of withdrawing his leg from my immediate vicinity. That was my

first kick.

Is that the way they heave in the marchant service? he roared.

heave - heben, hieven, werfen, wuchten, schleudern

Spring, thou sheep-head; spring, and break thy backbone! Why dont ye

backbone - Rckgrat, Wirbelsule

spring, I say, all of ye"spring! Quohog! spring, thou chap with the red

whiskers; spring there, Scotch-cap; spring, thou green pants. Spring, I

whiskers - (whisker) Barthaar, Barthaare , Schnurrhaar, Vibriss

say, all of ye, and spring your eyes out! And so saying, he moved

along the windlass, here and there using his leg very freely, while

imperturbable Bildad kept leading off with his psalmody. Thinks I,

imperturbable - unerschtterlich

Captain Peleg must have been drinking something to-day.

At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It

was a short, cold Christmas; and as the short northern day merged into

night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose

wintry - winterlich

freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor. The long rows of

armor - Rstung, Panzerung, Armierung, Bewehrung

teeth on the bulwarks glistened in the moonlight; and like the white

ivory tusks of some huge elephant, vast curving icicles depended from

tusks - (tusk) Hauer, Stozahn, Fangzahn eines Ebers

the bows.

Lank Bildad, as pilot, headed the first watch, and ever and anon, as

Lank - strhnig, dnn, schmchtig

the old craft deep dived into the green seas, and sent the shivering

frost all over her, and the winds howled, and the cordage rang, his

howled - (howl) Heulen, jaulen

cordage - Tauwerk, Fasertauwerk

rang - (to ring) luten, klingeln, schellen

steady notes were heard,"

_Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood, Stand dressed in living

swelling - Anschwellen, Anschwellung ; (swell) Anschwellen, Anschwellung

green. So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan rolled between._

Never did those sweet words sound more sweetly to me than then. They

sweetly - s

were full of hope and fruition. Spite of this frigid winter night in

fruition - Erfllung

the boisterous Atlantic, spite of my wet feet and wetter jacket, there

was yet, it then seemed to me, many a pleasant haven in store; and

meads and glades so eternally vernal, that the grass shot up by the

meads - (mead) Met, Aue

vernal - Frhling

spring, untrodden, unwilted, remains at midsummer.

untrodden - (untread) nicht betreten

unwilted - ungewollt

midsummer - Hochsommer Johannistag, Mittsommer

At last we gained such an offing, that the two pilots were needed no

longer. The stout sail-boat that had accompanied us began ranging


It was curious and not unpleasing, how Peleg and Bildad were affected

unpleasing - unangenehm

at this juncture, especially Captain Bildad. For loath to depart, yet;

juncture - Verbindungspunkt, Verbindungsstelle, Junktur

loath - abgeneigt

very loath to leave, for good, a ship bound on so long and perilous a

voyage"beyond both stormy Capes; a ship in which some thousands of his

stormy - strmisch

Capes - (Cape) Umhang, Kap

hard earned dollars were invested; a ship, in which an old shipmate

sailed as captain; a man almost as old as he, once more starting to

encounter all the terrors of the pitiless jaw; loath to say good-bye to

pitiless - erbarmungslos, unbarmherzig

a thing so every way brimful of every interest to him,"poor old Bildad

brimful - voll, bervoll

lingered long; paced the deck with anxious strides; ran down into the

cabin to speak another farewell word there; again came on deck, and

looked to windward; looked towards the wide and endless waters, only

bounded by the far-off unseen Eastern Continents; looked towards the

bounded - (bound) Sprung

land; looked aloft; looked right and left; looked everywhere and

nowhere; and at last, mechanically coiling a rope upon its pin,

coiling - (coil) Wendel, Spule, Wicklung;aufwickeln

convulsively grasped stout Peleg by the hand, and holding up a lantern,

convulsively - krampfhafte

lantern - Laterne

for a moment stood gazing heroically in his face, as much as to say,

heroically - heldenhafte

Nevertheless, friend Peleg, I can stand it; yes, I can.

As for Peleg himself, he took it more like a philosopher; but for all

his philosophy, there was a tear twinkling in his eye, when the lantern

twinkling - kurzer Augenblick, im Handumdrehen; (twinkle) funkeln zwinkern

came too near. And he, too, did not a little run from cabin to deck"now

a word below, and now a word with Starbuck, the chief mate.

But, at last, he turned to his comrade, with a final sort of look about

him,"Captain Bildad"come, old shipmate, we must go. Back the main-yard

there! Boat ahoy! Stand by to come close alongside, now! Careful,

careful!"come, Bildad, boy"say your last. Luck to ye, Starbuck"luck to

ye, Mr. Stubb"luck to ye, Mr. Flask"good-bye and good luck to ye

Flask - Flasche Flachmann, Taschenflasche, Kolben, Flakon , Formkasten

all"and this day three years Ill have a hot supper smoking for ye in

old Nantucket. Hurrah and away!

God bless ye, and have ye in His holy keeping, men, murmured old

murmured - (murmur) Rauschen, Murmeln , Gemurmel, Raunen, Herzgerusch

Bildad, almost incoherently. I hope yell have fine weather now, so

incoherently - unzusammenhngend, zusammenhanglose

that Captain Ahab may soon be moving among ye"a pleasant sun is all he

needs, and yell have plenty of them in the tropic voyage ye go. Be

careful in the hunt, ye mates. Dont stave the boats needlessly, ye

needlessly - unntige, unntig

harpooneers; good white cedar plank is raised full three per cent.

cedar - Zeder Zypressengewchs, Zedernholz

within the year. Dont forget your prayers, either. Mr. Starbuck, mind

that cooper dont waste the spare staves. Oh! the sail-needles are in

the green locker! Dont whale it too much a Lords days, men; but

locker - Spind, Schliefach

dont miss a fair chance either, thats rejecting Heavens good gifts.

Have an eye to the molasses tierce, Mr. Stubb; it was a little leaky, I

thought. If ye touch at the islands, Mr. Flask, beware of fornication.

beware - sich hten (vor)

fornication - Unzucht

Good-bye, good-bye! Dont keep that cheese too long down in the hold,

Mr. Starbuck; itll spoil. Be careful with the butter"twenty cents the

pound it was, and mind ye, if"

Come, come, Captain Bildad; stop palavering,"away! and with that,

palavering - (palaver) Palaver

Peleg hurried him over the side, and both dropt into the boat.

dropt - (drop) Wasserspiegelunterschied, Tropfen

Ship and boat diverged; the cold, damp night breeze blew between; a

diverged - (diverge) divergieren, auseinandergehen, auseinanderstrebe

screaming gull flew overhead; the two hulls wildly rolled; we gave

hulls - (Hull) Hlse, Schale, Hlle

three heavy-hearted cheers, and blindly plunged like fate into the lone

lone - einzeln


CHAPTER 23. The Lee Shore.

Some chapters back, one Bulkington was spoken of, a tall, newlanded

newlanded - neu gelandet

mariner, encountered in New Bedford at the inn.

When on that shivering winters night, the Pequod thrust her vindictive

vindictive - rachschtig

bows into the cold malicious waves, who should I see standing at her

helm but Bulkington! I looked with sympathetic awe and fearfulness upon

fearfulness - Furchtsamkeit

the man, who in mid-winter just landed from a four years dangerous

voyage, could so unrestingly push off again for still another

unrestingly - unruhig

tempestuous term. The land seemed scorching to his feet. Wonderfullest

Wonderfullest - Das Wunderbarste

things are ever the unmentionable; deep memories yield no epitaphs;

unmentionable - unaussprechlich, unerwhnbar

epitaphs - (epitaph) Grabinschrift; q

this six-inch chapter is the stoneless grave of Bulkington. Let me only

stoneless - steinlos

say that it fared with him as with the storm-tossed ship, that

miserably drives along the leeward land. The port would fain give

miserably - jmmerlich, elend

succor; the port is pitiful; in the port is safety, comfort,

succor - Hilfe

hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all thats kind to our

hearthstone - Kaminplatte

mortalities. But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ships

mortalities - (mortality) Sterblichkeit, Mortalitt, Sterbeziffe

direst jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land,

direst - (dire) dster, bse, fatal, verzweifelt, hnderingend

hospitality - Gastfreundlichkeit, Gastfreundschaft, Gastlichkeit, Gastgewerbe

though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and

graze - Kratzen, Schrammen, Schaben, Schleifen

shudder - Schauder (wohliger) Schauder schaudern zittern

through. With all her might she crowds all sail off shore; in so doing,

fights gainst the very winds that fain would blow her homeward; seeks

all the lashed seas landlessness again; for refuges sake forlornly

landlessness - Landlosigkeit

forlornly - verlassene

rushing into peril; her only friend her bitterest foe!

peril - Gefahr, Risiko

Know ye now, Bulkington? Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally

mortally - sterbliche

intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid

intrepid - unerschrocken, furchtlos, mutig

effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the

wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the

conspire - verschren

treacherous, slavish shore?

But as in landlessness alone resides highest truth, shoreless,

shoreless - uferlos

indefinite as God"so, better is it to perish in that howling infinite,

perish - verderben, schlecht werden, umkommen, ums Leben komme

infinite - unendlich, endlos, unzhlige

than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety! For

ingloriously - unrhmliche

worm-like, then, oh! who would craven crawl to land! Terrors of the

craven - feige Feigling, feiger Hund

terrible! is all this agony so vain? Take heart, take heart, O

agony - Agonie, Qual, Pein, Todeskampf, Freudenausbruch

Bulkington! Bear thee grimly, demigod! Up from the spray of thy

grimly - grimmig

demigod - Halbgott

ocean-perishing"straight up, leaps thy apotheosis!

perishing - (perish) verderben, schlecht werden, umkommen, ums Leben komme

apotheosis - Gottwerdung, Apotheose, Vergtterung, Verherrlichung

CHAPTER 24. The Advocate.

As Queequeg and I are now fairly embarked in this business of whaling;

and as this business of whaling has somehow come to be regarded among

landsmen as a rather unpoetical and disreputable pursuit; therefore, I

unpoetical - unpoetische

disreputable - verrufen

am all anxiety to convince ye, ye landsmen, of the injustice hereby

hereby - hiermit, hierdurch, hierbei

done to us hunters of whales.

In the first place, it may be deemed almost superfluous to establish

the fact, that among people at large, the business of whaling is not

accounted on a level with what are called the liberal professions. If a

stranger were introduced into any miscellaneous metropolitan society,

miscellaneous - gemischt, vermischt, verschieden, vielseitig

metropolitan - hauptstdtisch;Frankreich, ???

it would but slightly advance the general opinion of his merits, were

he presented to the company as a harpooneer, say; and if in emulation

emulation - Nacheiferung, Wetteifer, Emulation

of the naval officers he should append the initials S.W.F. (Sperm Whale

append - heften, anheften, hinzufgen, beifgen

Fishery) to his visiting card, such a procedure would be deemed

pre-eminently presuming and ridiculous.

pre - vor.

eminently - besonders

Doubtless one leading reason why the world declines honoring us

whalemen, is this: they think that, at best, our vocation amounts to a

butchering sort of business; and that when actively engaged therein, we

butchering - schlachtend; (butcher) schlachtend

are surrounded by all manner of defilements. Butchers we are, that is

defilements - (defilement) Verunreinigung

Butchers - (butcher) niedermetzeln, niedermachen;Metzger, Schlchte

true. But butchers, also, and butchers of the bloodiest badge have been

bloodiest - (bloody) blutig, blutbefleckt

all Martial Commanders whom the world invariably delights to honor. And

invariably - stets, bestndig, ausnahmslos

as for the matter of the alleged uncleanliness of our business, ye

uncleanliness - Unreinlichkeit

shall soon be initiated into certain facts hitherto pretty generally

unknown, and which, upon the whole, will triumphantly plant the sperm

triumphantly - triumphierend

whale-ship at least among the cleanliest things of this tidy earth. But

cleanliest - (cleanly) sauber, reinlich

even granting the charge in question to be true; what disordered

slippery decks of a whale-ship are comparable to the unspeakable

slippery - rutschig, glitschig, aalglatt

carrion of those battle-fields from which so many soldiers return to

carrion - Aas, Kadaver

drink in all ladies plaudits? And if the idea of peril so much

plaudits - (plaudit) Beifall, lauter Beifall

enhances the popular conceit of the soldiers profession; let me assure

conceit - Eingebung Einbildung Konzept

ye that many a veteran who has freely marched up to a battery, would

quickly recoil at the apparition of the sperm whales vast tail,

recoil - Rcksto zurckschrecken zurckschlage

fanning into eddies the air over his head. For what are the

eddies - (Eddy) Strudel

comprehensible terrors of man compared with the interlinked terrors and

comprehensible - begreifbar, fassbar, verstndlich

interlinked - (interlink) miteinander verbinden, koppeln

wonders of God!

But, though the world scouts at us whale hunters, yet does it

scouts - (Scout) Spher, Kundschafter, Aufklrer

unwittingly pay us the profoundest homage; yea, an all-abounding

unwittingly - unbeabsichtigt, unabsichtlich, ungewollt, irrtmlich

abounding - (abound) in

adoration! for almost all the tapers, lamps, and candles that burn

adoration - Anbetung

tapers - (taper) abdrehen (konisch), zuspitzen, spitz zulaufen

round the globe, burn, as before so many shrines, to our glory!

shrines - (shrine) Heiligtum; q

But look at this matter in other lights; weigh it in all sorts of

scales; see what we whalemen are, and have been.

Why did the Dutch in De Witts time have admirals of their whaling

admirals - (admiral) Admiral

fleets? Why did Louis XVI. of France, at his own personal expense, fit

out whaling ships from Dunkirk, and politely invite to that town some

Dunkirk - Dnkirchen

score or two of families from our own island of Nantucket? Why did

Britain between the years 1750 and 1788 pay to her whalemen in bounties

bounties - (bounty) Geschenk Belohnung, Kopfgeld, Prmie, Heuer

upwards of £1,000,000? And lastly, how comes it that we whalemen of

lastly - schlielich, zuletzt

America now outnumber all the rest of the banded whalemen in the world;

outnumber - in der berzahl/Mehrzahl sein, zahlenmig berlegen sein

sail a navy of upwards of seven hundred vessels; manned by eighteen

thousand men; yearly consuming 4,000,000 of dollars; the ships worth,

yearly - jhrlich

at the time of sailing, $20,000,000! and every year importing into our

harbors a well reaped harvest of $7,000,000. How comes all this, if

reaped - (reap) ernten, schneiden, mhen, sensen

there be not something puissant in whaling?

puissant - krftig, mchtig

But this is not the half; look again.

I freely assert, that the cosmopolite philosopher cannot, for his life,

cosmopolite - Weltbrger, Kosmopolit

point out one single peaceful influence, which within the last sixty

years has operated more potentially upon the whole broad world, taken

in one aggregate, than the high and mighty business of whaling. One way

aggregate - Anhufung, Ansammlung, Aggregation

and another, it has begotten events so remarkable in themselves, and so

begotten - (beget) erzeugen, fortpflanzen

continuously momentous in their sequential issues, that whaling may

continuously - stndig, ununterbrochen, andauernd, kontinuierlich

momentous - wichtig, bedeutsam, folgenreich, folgenschwer

sequential - sequenziell

well be regarded as that Egyptian mother, who bore offspring themselves

pregnant from her womb. It would be a hopeless, endless task to

womb - Gebrmutter; q

catalogue all these things. Let a handful suffice. For many years past

the whale-ship has been the pioneer in ferreting out the remotest and

ferreting - aufsprend; (ferret) aufsprend

least known parts of the earth. She has explored seas and archipelagoes

archipelagoes - Inselgruppen

which had no chart, where no Cook or Vancouver had ever sailed. If

American and European men-of-war now peacefully ride in once savage

peacefully - friedlich

harbors, let them fire salutes to the honor and glory of the

salutes - (salute) Salut salutieren

whale-ship, which originally showed them the way, and first interpreted

between them and the savages. They may celebrate as they will the

heroes of Exploring Expeditions, your Cooks, your Krusensterns; but I

say that scores of anonymous Captains have sailed out of Nantucket,

that were as great, and greater than your Cook and your Krusenstern.

For in their succourless empty-handedness, they, in the heathenish

succourless - erfolglos

handedness - Chiralitt Hndigkeit

sharked waters, and by the beaches of unrecorded, javelin islands,

sharked - (shark) Haifisch, Hai

javelin - Speer

battled with virgin wonders and terrors that Cook with all his marines

and muskets would not willingly have dared. All that is made such a

muskets - (musket) Muskete

willingly - gern, gerne

flourish of in the old South Sea Voyages, those things were but the

life-time commonplaces of our heroic Nantucketers. Often, adventures

commonplaces - (commonplace) alltglich, banal, gang und gbe, gewhnlic

heroic - heldenhaft, heroisch

which Vancouver dedicates three chapters to, these men accounted

dedicates - (dedicate) widmen sich widmen

unworthy of being set down in the ships common log. Ah, the world! Oh,

the world!

Until the whale fishery rounded Cape Horn, no commerce but colonial,

scarcely any intercourse but colonial, was carried on between Europe

intercourse - Beziehungen, Umgang, Verkehr, Geschlechtsverkehr

and the long line of the opulent Spanish provinces on the Pacific

coast. It was the whaleman who first broke through the jealous policy

of the Spanish crown, touching those colonies; and, if space permitted,

it might be distinctly shown how from those whalemen at last eventuated

distinctly - deutlich

eventuated - (eventuate) eintreten

the liberation of Peru, Chili, and Bolivia from the yoke of Old Spain,

Chili - scharfer Paprika, Chili

yoke - das Joch

and the establishment of the eternal democracy in those parts.

That great America on the other side of the sphere, Australia, was

given to the enlightened world by the whaleman. After its first

enlightened - (enlighten) aufklren

blunder-born discovery by a Dutchman, all other ships long shunned

blunder - Patzer, Schnitzer, Fehler, Fehlgriff

Dutchman - Niederlnder, Hollnder

shunned - (shun) aus dem Weg gehen, ausweichen, meiden, scheuen

those shores as pestiferously barbarous; but the whale-ship touched

pestiferously - verderblich

there. The whale-ship is the true mother of that now mighty colony.

Moreover, in the infancy of the first Australian settlement, the

infancy - Suglingsphase, frhe Kindheit, Anfangsphase

Australian - Australier, Australierin, australisch

emigrants were several times saved from starvation by the benevolent

emigrants - (emigrant) Auswanderer, Auswanderin, Emigrant, Emigrantin

starvation - Verhungern, Hunger

biscuit of the whale-ship luckily dropping an anchor in their waters.

luckily - glcklicherweise, auf glckliche Weise, mit Glck, zum Glck

The uncounted isles of all Polynesia confess the same truth, and do

uncounted - ungerechnet, ungezhlte

Polynesia - Polynesien

commercial homage to the whale-ship, that cleared the way for the

missionary and the merchant, and in many cases carried the primitive

missionaries to their first destinations. If that double-bolted land,

missionaries - (missionary) Missionar, Missionarin, missionarisch

Japan, is ever to become hospitable, it is the whale-ship alone to whom

hospitable - gastfreundlich, gastfrei

the credit will be due; for already she is on the threshold.

But if, in the face of all this, you still declare that whaling has no

æsthetically noble associations connected with it, then am I ready to

shiver fifty lances with you there, and unhorse you with a split helmet

shiver - Schauder, Schauer, zittern, frsteln

unhorse - unpferdlich

every time.

The whale has no famous author, and whaling no famous chronicler, you

chronicler - Chronist

will say.

_The whale no famous author, and whaling no famous chronicler?_ Who

wrote the first account of our Leviathan? Who but mighty Job! And who

composed the first narrative of a whaling-voyage? Who, but no less a

prince than Alfred the Great, who, with his own royal pen, took down

the words from Other, the Norwegian whale-hunter of those times! And

Norwegian - Norweger, Norwegerin, Norwegisch, norwegischsprachi

who pronounced our glowing eulogy in Parliament? Who, but Edmund Burke!

glowing - (glow) glhen abstrahlen leuchten Glhen

eulogy - Lobrede, Lobesrede, Traurrede

True enough, but then whalemen themselves are poor devils; they have no

good blood in their veins.

_No good blood in their veins?_ They have something better than royal

blood there. The grandmother of Benjamin Franklin was Mary Morrel;

afterwards, by marriage, Mary Folger, one of the old settlers of

Nantucket, and the ancestress to a long line of Folgers and

ancestress - Ahnfrau

harpooneers"all kith and kin to noble Benjamin"this day darting the

kin - (king) Knig

darting - (dart) Pfeil, Satz

barbed iron from one side of the world to the other.

Good again; but then all confess that somehow whaling is not


_Whaling not respectable?_ Whaling is imperial! By old English

imperial - kaiserlich imperial

statutory law, the whale is declared a royal fish. *

statutory - satzungsmig; satzungsgem; statutarisch; statutar (e.g. ''Statutarstadt'')

Oh, thats only nominal! The whale himself has never figured in any

nominal - nominal, substantivisch

grand imposing way.

_The whale never figured in any grand imposing way?_ In one of the

mighty triumphs given to a Roman general upon his entering the worlds

capital, the bones of a whale, brought all the way from the Syrian

coast, were the most conspicuous object in the cymballed procession.*

most conspicuous - aufflligste

cymballed - zymbalisiert

procession - Prozession, Umzug

*See subsequent chapters for something more on this head.

Grant it, since you cite it; but, say what you will, there is no real

dignity in whaling.

_No dignity in whaling?_ The dignity of our calling the very heavens

attest. Cetus is a constellation in the South! No more! Drive down your

attest - attestieren, beglaubigen

constellation - Sternbild, Asterismus, Konstellation, Sternzeichen

hat in presence of the Czar, and take it off to Queequeg! No more! I

know a man that, in his lifetime, has taken three hundred and fifty

whales. I account that man more honorable than that great captain of

antiquity who boasted of taking as many walled towns.

antiquity - Antike, Altertum

And, as for me, if, by any possibility, there be any as yet

undiscovered prime thing in me; if I shall ever deserve any real repute

undiscovered - unentdeckt

repute - Ruf

in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably

hushed - (hush) verstummen, still werden, zum Schweigen bringen, Still

unreasonably - unvernnftig, unvernnftige

ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything that, upon the whole, a

hereafter - knftig

man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death,

undone - (undo) ffnen, aufmachen, etwas rckgngig machen, annulieren

my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS. in

executors - (executor) Testamentsvollstrecker, Testamentsvollstreckerin

creditors - (creditor) Glubiger, Kreditor

my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory

prospectively - zuknftige

ascribe - zurckfhren, zuschreiben

to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.

Harvard - Harvard

CHAPTER 25. Postscript.

Postscript - Postskriptum

In behalf of the dignity of whaling, I would fain advance naught but