chapter  VI
Ulysses: Philosophical Themes
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This diagrammatic quality is repeated at other points in the novel, in respect of other matters, sometimes-as in the cases of the doubloon which Ahab hammers into the mast, which the crew interpret each according to his own nature (Chapter gg), the picture on the wall of the Spouter Inn (Chapter 3), and the markings on Queequeg's body-suggesting not only an entire range of possible interpretation but an imperilling relativism and cancellation of views.