Moby Dick, or, the Card Game Brave the seas in a mad hunt of the great white whale! portents Elijah describes. His second interaction with Elijah comes a few days later in Chapter Going Aboard. Elijah’s obsession is Ahab, and the doom he foresees is the doom of Ahab’s purpose—the men who ship with this Captain are merely. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Home / Literature / Moby-Dick / Events / Chapter The Prophet ; Ishmael asks the man his name, and the man says "Elijah." Ishmael and Queequeg walk away, talking about how ridiculous the man is—and then Ishmael notices that Elijah is following them.
Shan't see ye again very soon, I guess; unless it's before the Grand Jury," an apparent suggestion of possible murder or mutiny during the voyage. Like the biblical Elijah, a prophet of the truth, Moby-Dick's Elijah also speaks the truth, but in such a cryptic way that Ishmael, and the reader, is left to wonder at his meaning. Ishmael's. Elijah! thought I, and we walked away, both commenting, after each other’s fashion, upon this ragged old sailor; and agreed that he was nothing but a humbug, trying to be a bugbear. But we had not gone perhaps above a hundred yards, when chancing to turn a corner, and looking back as I did so, who should be seen but Elijah following us.