The inn where he arrives is overcrowded, so he must share a bed with the tattooed Polynesian Queequeg , a harpooneer whose father was king of the fictional island of Rokovoko. Ishmael signs up with the Quaker ship-owners Bildad and Peleg for a voyage on their whaler Pequod. Peleg describes Captain Ahab: They hire Queequeg the following morning. A man named Elijah prophesies a dire fate should Ishmael and Queequeg join Ahab.
Publishing History First British edition entitled The Whale , expurgated to avoid offending delicate political and moral sensibilities, published in three volumes on October 18, by Richard Bentley, London. His financial situation was poor and he was desperately in need of a publishing success. Nevertheless, he abandoned the nearly-finished romance to spend an entire year rewriting under a spell of intense intellectual ferment further heightened by the study of Shakespeare and a developing friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. The resulting work was finally shipped to Bentley on September 10,
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