Moby-Dick: Commerce


  1. the trading of something of economic value such as goods, services, information or money between two or more entities

The word commerce appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 2 > Sentence 1:

There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs—commerce surrounds it with her surf.

Chapter 24 > Paragraph 9 > Sentence 1:

Until the whale fishery rounded Cape Horn, no commerce but colonial, scarcely any intercourse but colonial, was carried on between Europe and the long line of the opulent Spanish provinces on the Pacific coast.

Chapter 32 > Paragraph 20 > Sentence 3:

He is, without doubt, the largest inhabitant of the globe; the most formidable of all whales to encounter; the most majestic in aspect; and lastly, by far the most valuable in commerce; he being the only creature from which that valuable substance, spermaceti, is obtained.

Chapter 32 > Paragraph 21 > Sentence 3:

It yields the article commonly known as whalebone or baleen; and the oil specially known as "whale oil," an inferior article in commerce.

Chapter 92 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 1:

Now this ambergris is a very curious substance, and so important as an article of commerce, that in 1791 a certain Nantucket-born Captain Coffin was examined at the bar of the English House of Commons on that subject.

Chapter 101 > Paragraph 8 > Sentence 5:

In short, this ancient and learned Low Dutch book treated of the commerce of Holland; and, among other subjects, contained a very interesting account of its whale fishery.

Concordance for the word commerce from Moby-Dick.

Herman Melville
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