Dave Malloy

"The Pequod Meets The Rachel"

[ISHMAEL]
And then some time went by
Some days and nights elapsed

[DAGGOO, spoken]
Captain! A ship

[FEDALLAH, spoken]
Bad news. She brings bad news

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
Halloa, Captain
We are the whale ship Rachel
Have ye seen a whaleboat adrift?

[AHAB, spoken]
Hast seen the white whale?

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
Aye, yesterday
But have ye seen a whaleboat adrift?

[AHAB, spoken]
Yesterday! Yesterday! Faith, I know thee-- Captain Gardiner from Nantucket!

[CAPTAIN GARDINER, spoken]
'Tis I, Captain Ahab

[AHAB, spoken]
Tell me, was it Moby di*k?

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
Aye, 'twas Moby di*k

[AHAB, spoken]
Moby di*k! Moby di*k! Where was he? Hast killed him?

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
No, no harpoon has yet been forged that will ever do that

[AHAB, spoken]
Not yet forged-- Tempered in blood and lightning are these barbs, and I swear to temper them triply in that hot place where the white whale most feels his accursed life! Now, how was it? Spin the tale

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
Captain, you must help us
We lost a whaleboat chasing Moby di*k
His white hump dragged them away
Into the darkness
And we searched, we gave them chase
Lit the try-works as a beacon
Every man stood lookout
But the whaleboat was gone
His white hump dragged them away
Into the darkness

Captain, you must help us
Unite with our ship in the search
If we sail some four miles apart
On parallel lines
We'll sweep a double horizon
Captain Ahab

[AHAB, spoken]
No-- no, I won't do it-- the white whale-- we have no time! Mr. Starbuck, let us go!

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
Captain. Captain!
My boy!
My boy!
My little lad, but twelve years old
Was among them he dragged away
Captain, I know you, good Captain
Do unto me as you would have me do to you
For I know you have a boy
Nestling safe at home, no but a child
Let me charter your ship for eight-and-forty hours
I will pay, gladly pay
You must, no, you shall do this thing
I will not go 'til you say aye to me

[AHAB, spoken]
Avast! Touch not a rope-yarn. No, Captain, I will not do that. He drowned with the rest of them last night, I heard their spirits. God bless ye, and may I forgive myself, but I must go

[CAPTAIN GARDINER]
No. Captain-- no!
My boy!
My boy!
My boy!

[AHAB, spoken]
Mr. Starbuck, brace forward again, full sails

[CAPTAIN GARDINER, spoken]
No. He lives! He lives, Captain! My boy!

[PIP, spoken]
Captain? Is another lost like Pip? Captain?

[AHAB, spoken]
Cursed child-- weep so, and I will murder thee! Have a care, for Ahab is mad

[ISHMAEL]
Ahab and the Pequod turned away
And the Rachel sailed on
Weeping silver spray for her child
Lost on the sea

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