Archive for July 11th, 2007

Green shadows, white whale

My spouse has consented to become pseudonymed, and has collaborated in his own pseudonymification.  Taking the name of one of his favorite minor literary characters, he shall henceforth be known in this space as Stubb.

Stubb is, as you may know, the second mate in Melville’s Moby-Dick.  Melville introduces him thus:

Stubb was the second mate. He was a native of Cape Cod;
and hence, according to local usage, was called a
Cape-Cod-man. A happy-go-lucky; neither craven nor valiant;
taking perils as they came with an indifferent air; and while
engaged in the most imminent crisis of the chase, toiling away,
calm and collected as a journeyman joiner engaged for the year.
Good-humored, easy, and careless, he presided over his
whaleboat as if the most deadly encounter were but a dinner,
and his crew all invited guests.

Although my Stubb is not from Cape Cod, his demeanor matches not too badly with that of the Pequod‘s second mate.  As he points out, he spends quite a lot of time in the mouth of the whale, professionally speaking, and while “happy-go-lucky” seems an unsubtle way of describing him, he does have an even temperament (useful around here as I am somewhat more tempestuous) and is a good person in a crisis.  He’s talented, smart, funny, and bighearted.  I mean, obviously I’m biased and everything, but other people seem to like him too.

We’ll just hope the blog doesn’t end the way Moby-Dick does.  (And no, I am not planning to give the kid the pseudonym Tashtego, okay?  We’ll come up with something else.)