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posted 8th Jan 2021, 1:00 PM

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8th Jan 2021, 1:00 PM

pocketsizedquasar

welcome back! we left off... ah, yes, two old white men bully each other, and ishmael, and it’s uncomfortable for everyone involved.
For some context, a Lay is a portion of the profits of the ship. Ish is just signing on as an ordinary seaman, so he gets a pretty small cut — the largest cuts go to the owners, then the captain, first mate, etc etc. I did some screwing around with numbers (using the number given for the voyage for the Benjamin Tucker here), and, well...with the 300th lay, if they had all made it back to shore, Ishmael would’ve gotten about $150. Adjusted for inflation, that’s somewhere around $4000 today. For anywhere between 3-5 years of intense and extremely dangerous labor (no wonder a bitch was depressed!)
Aaand it gets worse when you remember Bildad is originally planning to give him even LESS — 1/777th! about $60!!
Later, when Queequeg gets on the ship (and even he they’re Definitely lowballing — a good harpooner’s lay could be anywhere between 1/65th-75th, and they give him the 90th, so they’re Way underpaying him, too), HE gets saddled with the 90th lay, which would come to around $500. The harpooner is the guy who makes everything possible! Arguably the most dangerous job, and the one who actually, you know, gets the whales!! meanwhile the owners sit at home and do nothing and take away a hefty sum for themselves, because Yeehaw
anyway in conclusion, to the surprise of absolutely no one, capitalism is the real villain of moby dick thanks for coming to my ted talk

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8th Jan 2021, 1:19 PM

shyangry

Drama! And idk what you're talking about, Ishmael should be paying them for the privilege of sleeping in a stinky hammock and eating wet hardtack for three years. Dream come true.

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8th Jan 2021, 3:35 PM

pocketsizedquasar

You're right, my mistake!!! sksks

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8th Jan 2021, 1:28 PM

Marcel

Have to point out the typo in panel two. Should be "If we give too much to this young man".

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8th Jan 2021, 3:35 PM

pocketsizedquasar

oh you're right, thank you! I'm going to fix that!

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8th Jan 2021, 5:40 PM

ZZ

The white boys are fightiiiing!

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8th Jan 2021, 8:20 PM

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