2005-03-24 - 11:46 a.m.
Turns out that my great-great-great-great-grand-something is Thomas Nickerson, who survived the whale-instigated ship wreck that Melville based his novel on. He was a 15-year-old cabin boy at the time.
So this explains my affinity for the book, and for cabin boys. It also outs me as part-WASP (via my genteel Maryland-raised grandma who married my very Italian grandfather).
And here you thought, with my charmingly mispronounced words, outlandish costumes, and old-world ways, that I was some kinda ethnic type.
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