“He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him! I’ll chase him round the Moons of Nibia, and round the Antares Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up! Prepare to alter course!”
You must know which movie this is! The quote, however, is obviously an allusion to Moby Dick by Melville. Ahab, obsessed with revenge against the white whale cries out:
“Aye, aye! It was that accursed white whale that razeed me; made a poor pegging lubber of me for ever and a day!” Then tossing both arms, with measureless imprecations he shouted out: “Aye, aye! and I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up.”
More double consonants! Too bad the whale’s blubber isn’t referred to there.
Moby Dick is a favorite of reference point for Star Trek movies, I think. In another one, First Contact, Picard says:
“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.”
In Moby Dick the real quote:
“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.”
Come to think of it, a character in another vast SiFi series is named from a character in Moby Dick. So, through I am in the middle of prepping supper, and the burger zizzles and I must away to put creatures in my body (trekkies will get the reference), I thought I would scribble this note. As soon as possible I will butter and grill the bun on the griddle and, all hassles aside, take the opportunity to apply pepper and drizzle mustard.
Burgers are a dish best not served up cold, after all.
I was out of gagh.
I had forgotten that the movie ends with a quote not from Melville, but from Dickens.