„Moby-Dick Zitat der Woche“ No.11

stamp-02„De balena vero sufficit, si rex habeat caput, et regina caudam.“ BRACTON, L. 3, C. 3.

Latin from the books of the Laws of England, which taken along with the context, means, that of all whales captured by anybody on the coast of that land, the King, as Honorary Grand Harpooneer, must have the head, and the Queen be respectfully presented with the tail. A division which, in the whale, is much like halving an apple; there is no intermediate remainder.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick or The Whale

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