"All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of
things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes
the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to
crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assai
lable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum
of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam
down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot
heart’s shell upon it."