If His Chest Had Been a Cannon

“He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.”

Herman Melville wrote this amazing line, to describe the feelings of Captain Ahab as he confronts his arch enemy Moby Dick.  The whale would eventually take Ahabs life, an obsession for revenge too far.

I’ve always rated Patrick Stewarts acting skills above that of a Star Trek movie, he has roots in classic theatre, and it shows.  The scene below is a moment he is pushed by his need for revenge, in much the same way Ahab was.  The quote used from Moby-Dick is a loose translation of the original book… but delivered with poise and balance.  This scene is worth watching, outside of the fact it’s a “Trekkie” thing.


And he piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.

1 Comment(s)

  1. Comment by Tim on October 9, 2009 10:37 pm

    You are so right! Maybe no tin the Star Trek episode world, but in the film world what an amazing sequence! Best Star Trek film by a margin, and that bit, well… brilliant. Picard at his best and worst. I stumbled upon you randomly with a glass of red in hand… what a treat! Well done sir!

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