How does one come to know the unknowable?
"What faculties must a man possess?
"Since it was discovered that whale oil
"could light our cities in ways never achieved before,
"it created global demand.
"It has pushed man to venture further and further
"into the deep blue unknown.
"We know not its depths,
"nor the host of creatures that live there.
"Are they real?
"Or do the stories exist only to make us respect the sea's dark secrets?
南塔克島 麻薩諸塞州 1850年2月
"The question both vexes and excites me
"and is the reason I've written you a second time
"to request a meeting.
"A conversation with you, sir, I believe will serve me well
"for the novel I intend to write,
"currently entitled Moby Dick.
"I hope you will reconsider my offer.
"That is where my imagination yearns to venture.
"And so the question plagues me still.
"How does a man come to know the unknowable?
"Sincerely, Herman Melville."
No boarders after 8:00.
Someone here for you, my love.
We received your letter.
You're either a desperate man
or a fool to come all the way to Nantucket.
Well, my offer still stands.
Three months' lodgings for a single night's talk.
All I have in the world.
But I prefer to think of it as an investment.
I want you to tell me what happened to the Essex.
What do you think happened?
There are rumblings.
-Rumors that the Essex was... -What do you want?
What story do you expect to hear?
That of the whale.
The Essex ran aground. There was a full inquiry.
I believe the inquiry was less than truthful.
You are the last survivor of the Essex, sir.
If you won't talk, who will?
Did you not hear me? Leave. Now.
-不 拜託別走 -他不願意談話
-No. You mustn't go. Please. -He is in no mind to talk.
And I haven't come all this way to be humiliated and waste my time.
Please, Mr. Melville.
He won't talk about the Essex to me.
To anyone. Never has. Never.
There's an agony about him.
His soul is
and in need of confession.
Please, just let me talk to him.
I believe it would do you good to talk to the man.
You listen well.
Who holds this place together while you drink yourself to death?
You will talk with this man
as much as is necessary to keep the money.
You know our circumstances, Thomas.
Only as much as is necessary.
I'll get whiskey.
I neglected to mention it in my letter,
but I was a whaler once.
One trip, I mean.
So, you've seen it all.
My wife read your books.
She enjoyed them.
I'm happy to hear it.
I've had good sales.
And I think this story
could surpass the success
of even my first novel, which did quite well.
Another of your seafaring yarns?
Have you read Hawthorne, Mr. Melville?
Now there's a writer.
But he is not here. And I am.
For my own particular reasons.
I will tell you of the Essex.
I believe you will be disappointed.
But every word I say will be true.
Story of the Essex
is the story of two men.
Captain George Pollard
and his first mate,
You don't wanna be late.
I'll be there.
Besides, can't have our daughter sleeping under a leaky roof, can we?
What makes you so sure it's a girl?
Well, it has to be.
So she can remind me
why I still love you when you're being stubborn.
Well, if it's to be a daughter, she'll be a version of you, not me.
Blond locks and determined to conquer the world.
I suppose after today,
you'll be trading in that tunic for a uniform.
Finally out of this patch of dirt,
into a captain's house like you deserve.
I don't need one of those houses in town with stuffy neighbors.
There's plenty of room here for the three of us.
You know, sometimes your kind heart and good nature
is just unbearable.
Go get your captaincy.
-What's your bid? -I'll have $1.90.
-I've got 1,000 gallons at $2! -I'll take 40 shares!
Seller! Seller! Over here!
Criterion's back with a fine haul. 1,600 barrels.
A new record.
£50 sterling for head matter on the London market.
-早安 契斯先生 -梅森先生
-Good morning, Mr. Chase. -Mr. Mason.
Come in, please.
My partner, Benjamin Fuller.
Good morning, sir.
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