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“The Lee Shore” is a brief chapter (364 words long) that often puzzles readers because it seems wholly unnecessary, a vestigial part of the novel that should probably have been edited out. Like many Melvilleans, I’m fond of the chapter: take a look at my post at patell.org to find out why. (The post there, by the way, is almost three times as long as the chapter itself.)

“The Lee Shore” is read by Paul Bonaventura, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Magdalen College, Oxford. The illustration, Fall Out Fall In, is by Alistair Mackie. Visit the site to see a high resolution version.

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