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The Doubloon; or, the Moby-Dick Onesie

The Doubloon; or, the Moby-Dick Onesie

$ 17.50

Celebrate uncertainty with this onesie featuring the famously ambiguous Moby-Dick doubloon.

This baby one-piece reproduces the design of the gold doubloon that figures prominently in Chapter 99 of Moby-Dick. The coin described in the book is an actual coin minted by the Republic of Ecuador in the early 1840s. It looked exactly like this, except that it was a coin instead of an item of clothing.

In the book, a series of characters look at the doubloon and say what they think it means. Ahab looks at the three mountaintops and decides that they all represent himself. Starbuck says that the bright sun above the dark valley symbolizes God’s superintendency of the universe, even its evil parts. Stubb concludes that the coin depicts a jolly romp through life, and so on. In the end, it seems like the doubloon itself doesn’t really mean anything; we see in it whatever want to see. The white whale is the same way. And maybe the universe is, too.

See what happens when you put this design on your baby. When people ask you what’s on her shirt, ask them what they see in it. Then tell them that all meaning is essentially make-believe, that all the things that make life meaningful are merely projections of our own fantasies onto a world that is ultimately a blank, atheistic meaninglessness. Let us know how it goes over.

Soft, washable fabric. Comfortable envelope neckline. Three snap leg closure. 52% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton/48% poly.

Ships in about 3 business days. U.S. shipping is free; to Canada, $3; to Europe, $5; elsewhere, $10.


Size guide

  3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M
Product width (inches) 9 3/8 9 7/8 10 3/8 10 7/8
Baby length (inches) 20-25 25-28 28-30 30-32
Baby weight (lbs) 12-16 16-22 22-27 27-30

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