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• CAPTAIN BOOMER AND SURGEON BUNGER
The humorous captain and surgeon of the British whaler Samuel Enderby represent a common-sense view of the universe completely alien to Ahab's. Captain Boomer lost an arm to Moby-Dick and has decided to avoid the whale in the future; Surgeon Bunger sees the whale's apparent malice as mere clumsiness.
Bulkington is the tall, sober sailor Ishmael sees at the Spouter-Inn and then at the helm of the Pequod as it first sets sail. He is never mentioned again, however.
The carpenter is a skilled but dull man who considers all other men blocks of wood. He earns Ahab's anger for his lack of wit and imagination.
Daggoo, Flask's harpooner, is a black African who voluntarily signed aboard a whaler when a young boy.
One of the mad prophets in Moby-Dick, Elijah accosts Ishmael and Queequeg in New Bedford, delivering dark warnings about Captain Ahab. His name is that of the biblical prophet who opposed Ahab in I Kings.
Another of the mad prophets in Moby-Dick, Gabriel is a member of the Jeroboam's crew and warns Ahab that his quest for the whale will lead to his death.
The Pequod's black cook, Fleece, is forced by Stubb to preach a sermon to the sharks.
• CAPTAIN GARDINER
The captain of the ship Rachel, Gardiner placed his twelve-year-old son aboard a whaleboat that was lost during a hunt for Moby-Dick. He begs Ahab to help search for the missing boat, but Ahab rejects his pleas.
• FATHER MAPPLE
Father Mapple is a robust though elderly former harpooner who now serves as minister of the Whaleman's Chapel in New Bedford. Early in Moby-Dick, he preaches a sermon on Jonah and the Whale.
• PELEG AND BILDAD
Peleg and Bildad, the principal owners of the Pequod, are both Quakers and former whalers. Peleg is loud, excitable, and the more generous of the two, Bildad is solemn, formally religious, and stingy.
Perth, the Pequod's blacksmith, lost his former livelihood and his family through an obsession with alcohol.
Radney, first mate aboard the Town-Ho, was on the verge of being murdered by Steelkilt, but was killed by Moby-Dick instead.
A hot-tempered seaman aboard the Town-Ho, Steelkilt led a mutiny after being angered by Radney. For him Moby-Dick was a blessing, as the whale relieved him of the job of killing Radney.
Tashtego, Stubb's harpooner, is an Indian from Martha's Vineyard, an island near Nantucket. He is saved from drowning by Queequeg. He is the last of the crew Ishmael sees before the Pequod sinks.Table of Contents | Message Board | Printable Version