When he was writing Chapter 63 of "Moby-Dick," out of 135 chapters, Herman Melville must have had a bad time. Either that, or he didn't want readers to grow faint. Chapter 63 begins:
"Out of the trunk, the branches grow; out of them, the twigs. So, in productive subjects, grow the chapters."
So they do, even when the chapter has only two pages, as Chapter 63 does.
Details are building up as the story continues, and I'm learning to read it the way I read detective stories. Chapter 63 confirms that I'm on the right track:
"All these particulars are faithfully narrated here, as they will not fail to elucidate several most important, however intricate passages, in scenes hereafter to be painted."
The early chapters are full of clues, and the plot continues to grow.
Watch this space.
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