Lucille
Lucille asked:

One plot device has been puzzling me: What's the meaning of the offshore blowhole referred to throughout the story? When I think of blowholes, esp in the water, I think of whales, and I imagined a submerged figurative "J"ob out there in the whalebelly patiently waiting for the shit to hit the fan again, with the eruptions tolling an impending doom? Thanks.

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Ro I am inclined to link it to Moby Dick more than Jonah's whale, considering the many references to Ahab in J. To me it signifies the force of nature when it has been pent up, similar to the emotions that are restricted in this post-apocalyptic, apologetic society.
Nomentions Perhaps its to do with Jonah and the Whale.

Endless Whales a Poem By David Epstein

Before Jonah, there was another whale,
and another man, still more righteous than
the known one. He, to Nineveh began,
then fled to the docks, and signed on to sail
to Cyprus, set on a life of exile.
A woman on board, traveling as a man,
revealed herself to him; comfort as can
be had was offered, taken; then the gale
began. He slipped into the sea, and she
in anguish, scanned the waves. A great fin rose
astern. Inside the beast the man was free
to wonder if the lord would just dispose
of him. Or might there be a second chance?
A different man? Perhaps his child? Suppose
his choice had been beguiled by happenstance?
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