Call me a vagrant. I think that's what Melville really wanted to say when he started Moby Dick. Conviction left him though , and he settled on "call me Ishmael," which is actually just another way of saying the same thing; if you are an Ishmael, likely you have been cast out and have little means of making a living. Whether for the original biblical figure or a Roger Williams , the situation can be difficult. ''He is a dangerous Ishmael," a leader of the Puritan community said of Williams after he had departed into the wilderness; "He turns all hands against us . ' '
"Hopping A Train,"
Inscape: Vol. 4:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/inscape/vol4/iss3/4