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Ahab, Captain

character in Melville's Moby Dick

Fishburn and Hughes: "Captain Ahab, the central character in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick (1851) who loses his leg in the vengeful pursuit of a white whale. The alludesion to an incident in chapter 36 that typifies Ahab's relentless quest: he nails an ounce of Spanish gold to the mast, with the words, 'Whosoever of ye raises me a white- headed whale with wrinkled brow and a crooked jaw, whosoever of ye raises me that white- headed whale, with three holes punctured in his starboard fluke, look ye, whosoever of ye raises me that same white whale, he shall have his gold ounce, my boys.' " (4)

Borges Index: 
El zahir, El Aleph, OC, 591. Los cuatro ciclos, El oro de los tigres, OC, 1128. Herman Melville, BP, 41. A Poet's Creed, CV, 108. El último viaje de Ulises, NED, 118. Herman Melville, OP, 485. Herman Melville: Bartleby, P, 116, 117. La divina comedia, SN, 30- 31. El congreso del mundo, TR3, 210.