Moby-Dick - Study Guide Chapters 106-108 Summary & Analysis

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Ishmael returns to the action of the story with Ahab returning to the Pequod after his visit with the captain of the Samuel Enderby. In his perturbed state, Ahab twists his ivory leg so that he feels it must be replaced. For this task, Ahab calls the carpenter of the ship to form him a new leg out of the ship's finest stock of ivory. Also during this chapter, Ishmael lets a secret slip. He tells the real reason why Ahab was sequestered in his cabin during the beginning of the voyage. Apparently, the captain had fallen and injured himself quite badly one evening while on board the ship. The crew found it best to say he was ill instead of stating the real reason he was recuperating in his cabin. It is only much later in the voyage the real cause of Ahab's sickness...

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