Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sin that pays its way - Sermon of Jonah and the Whale in Moby Dic

"Now Jonah's Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless. In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers. So Jonah's Captain prepares to test the length of Jonah's purse, ere he judge him openly. He charges him thrice the usual sum; and it's assented to. Then the Captain knows that Jonah is a fugitive; but at the same time resolves to help a flight that paves its rear with gold. Yet when Jonah fairly takes out his purse, prudent suspicions still molest the Captain. He rings every coin to find a counterfeit. Not a forger, any way, he mutters; and Jonah is put down for his passage...." - Excerpt from the sermon on Jonah and the Whale from Moby Dick.... http://americanliterature.com/author/herman-melville/book/moby-dick-or-the-whale/chapter-9-the-sermon

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