Today’s chapter is the second one called “Knights and Squires,” and it introduces us to the second and third mates — Stubb and Flask — and the harpooneers Tashtego, a Native American, and Daggoo, an African. The chapter offers Ishmael an occasion to muse about the labor demographics of the American whaling industry and me an occasion to reminisce about my college days over at

Tomorrow: Ahab!

“Knights and Squires” is read by Alyson Leeds. The accompanying illustration, Ghost (2001), is by Mark Wallinger and is shown courtesy of