I am content. You are a good girl, Margaret." "Oh, father!" She tripped from the room in a warmth of satisfaction. The rough head of Bildad the Shuite came round the door; spoke "Good night." "Approach," said Job. Bildad's legs came over the mat. "You seek your room? But not your couch?" "I'm going to bed, if that's what you mean," George told him. Mr. Marrapit groaned. "Spurn it. Shun sloth.
But I did manage to change my waist. Bildad's old colored woman wuz singin' as she made the bed in the next room that old him "Pull for the Shore." She sung: "Pull for the shore, brother, Pull for the shore, Heed not the rollin' pins, Bend to the oar Leave the poor old straddled wreck And pull for the shore."
Chief among those who did this fetching and carrying was Captain Bildad's sister, a lean old lady of a most determined and indefatigable spirit, but withal very kindhearted, who seemed resolved that, if SHE could help it, nothing should be found wanting in the Pequod, after once fairly getting to sea.
Thus did I scream as I throwed on my clothes, I thought at the top of my voice, but I don't spoze it wuz much above a whisper, for Bildad's folks didn't hear me in the next room, through the thin wall, till I rushed to their door and knocked, cryin' out: "Bildad, git up! Josiah is afire!" "What you say?" he called back. "Dreamland is afire! Josiah is in danger! But I will save him or perish!"
You see him? well, spose him one whale eye, well, den!" and taking sharp aim at it, he darted the iron right over old Bildad's broad brim, clean across the ship's decks, and struck the glistening tar spot out of sight. "Now," said Queequeg, quietly hauling in the line, "spos-ee him whale-e eye; why, dad whale dead."
Night wuz comin' on apace and I thought I might as well abandon my quest for the time, so I returned to Bildad's feelin' some as if I wuz a sickly serial readin' "To be continued in our next." For I knowed that I would resoom the search bright and early, and find that man or perish in my tracks. Friday onlucky day, as it has always been called had gone to jine the days of the past.
"Canaris," he muttered in a low voice, but the word stuck in his throat and died away in a whisper. The sound, slight as it was, drew Bildad's attention. A glance at Guy's frightened countenance told him his horrible design was discovered. His thick lips parted in a glare of ferocious hatred the blind fury of a madman.
And another reason for goin' there: I knowed the savin' sperit of my pardner, and I thought he would ruther git a free meal than to keep his incognito incog. And sure enough Bildad's first words wuz, "Why didn't you come with Josiah yesterday? He wuz here to dinner." "Where is he now?" sez I. Sez Bildad, "The last time I see him he wuz startin' to take a trip to the Moon."
Spurn the idol Bell, and the hideous dragon; turn from the wrath to come; mind thine eye, I say; oh! goodness gracious! steer clear of the fiery pit!" Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildad's language, heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases. "Avast there, avast there, Bildad, avast now spoiling our harpooneer, cried Peleg.
And I didn't go into the big animal house, thinkin' I wuz so dog tired that I would go back to Bildad's and come back the next day and see all the animals and birds and the hundreds of other shows I'd had to slight that day, enough to devour days of stiddy sight seein'. The Siege of Richmond, The Great Divide, Switzerland, Congress of Nations, Indian Village, The Orient, Bathin' Pavilions, Japanese Tea Gardens, and etc.