He also brought a great ball of lard
from what they had in the house, and the suitors warmed the bow and again made trial of it, but they were none of them nearly strong enough to string it.
The prime bullies and braves among the free trappers had each his circle of novices, from among the captain's band; mere greenhorns, men unused to Indian life; mangeurs de lard
, or pork-eaters; as such new-comers are superciliously called by the veterans of the wilderness.
and sulphur on his paws would be of no use, nor would any visit to Peg Bowen avail.
I wonder what the old man wants with this lump of foul lard
, said Stubb, not without some disgust at the thought of having to do with so ignoble a leviathan.
On arriving at the place where it had been left, they dug a grave in the sand, in which they deposited the corpse, with a biscuit under one of the arms, some lard
under the chin, and a small quantity of tobacco, as provisions for its journey in the land of spirits.