Snuck aboard the Pequod by Ahab, Fedallah, or “the Parsee,” is a man of indeterminate Asian origin, who serves as Ahab’s harpooneer. Fedallah is believed by some on the ship, including Stubb and Flask, to be the “devil incarnate.” Fedallah is killed during the second day of the chase, when he is caught in the line and dragged down into the water by Moby Dick.
Fedallah Character Timeline in Moby-Dick
The timeline below shows where the character Fedallah appears in Moby-Dick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 48: The First Lowering
Chapter 50: Ahab’s Boat and Crew. Fedallah.
Chapter 51: The Spirit-Spout
...several nights, when the Pequod sails among the smooth, blue, serene waters near the Azores, Fedallah mounts the mast-head and claims to see a white spout around midnight, illuminated by the... (full context)
Chapter 73: Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk
...them to kill this particular whale, which is of little commercial use. Stubb states that Fedallah—the Persian man whom Ahab has invited on board—is actually “the devil” in disguise, and that... (full context)
Chapter 117: The Whale Watch
Chapter 119: The Candles
Chapter 130: The Hat
Chapter 133: The Chase. – First Day
Chapter 134: The Chase. – Second Day
...swimming in the nearby waters, as Moby Dick glides quickly away. But Ahab realizes that Fedallah is missing—that he was trapped under Moby Dick when the whaleboats were jammed against the... (full context)
Chapter 135: The Chase. – Third Day
...ready and water-tight, to continue to attack Moby Dick. Meanwhile, Ahab sees a horrific sight: Fedallah’s body is trapped against the White Whale’s, for he was caught in one of the... (full context)
...to ram into that vessel. Ahab realizes, to his eternal dismay, the second part of Fedallah’s prophecy: that the Pequod itself is the “second hearse,” made of American wood, and that... (full context)