"In the midst of the personified impersonal, a personality stands here...but war is pain, and hate is woe. Come in thy lowest form of love, and I will kneel and kiss thee; but at thy highest, come as mere supernal power; and though thou launchest navies of full-freighted worlds, there's that in here that still remains indifferent. Oh, thou clear spirit, of thy fire thou madest me, and like a true child of fire, I breathe it back to thee.' (Sudden, repeated flashes of lightning...)"
Moby Dick. Herman Melville. 1959 Editions Fabbri, Milano. Illustrations De Gaspari, Bartoli, Cattaneo et Maraja.
American actor Gregory Peck playing Captain Ahab in John Huston’s film “Moby Dick” 1954. Photo by Erich Lessing.