Friday, March 30, 2012

Winds from Astern

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale, chapter 1:
In this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim).
Pythagoras forbade his followers from eating beans, which cause flatulence ("winds from astern", i.e. winds from behind).

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