An African American boy, Pip has small jobs on the Pequod, mostly cleaning the decks, but goes mad after falling out of Stubb’s whale-boat (he had been called into rowing duty after another sailor fell ill) and being left alone for some time in the sea before being rescued. Pip, in his madness, becomes attached to the also mad Ahab at the end of the novel.
Pip Quotes in Moby-Dick
The Moby-Dick quotes below are all either spoken by Pip or refer to Pip. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Moby-Dick published in 2002.).
Chapter 99 Quotes
Cook! ho, coo! and cook us! Jenny! hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, Jenny, Jenny! and get your hoe-cake done!
Pip Character Timeline in Moby-Dick
The timeline below shows where the character Pip appears in Moby-Dick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 40: Midnight, Forecastle
Chapter 93: The Castaway
Chapter 99: The Doubloon
...looking at the doubloon—he is only studying his pronouns in an English grammar book. And Pip, last of the crew, understands the doubloon to spell the crew’s demise, once Moby Dick... (full context)
Chapter 125: The Log and Line
Chapter 127: The Deck
Chapter 129: The Cabin