high, bending only to step through the valves. The valves areas big as the swinging doors in a saloon. This house of aheart drives a creature a hundred feet long. When thiscreature is born it is twenty feet long and weighs four tons. Itis waaaaay bigger than your car. It drinks a hundred gallonsof milk from its mama every day and gains two hundredpounds a day, and when it is seven or eight years old itendures an unimaginable puberty and then it essentiallydisappears from human ken, for next to nothing is known ofthe the mating habits, travel patterns, diet, social life,language, social structure, diseases, spirituality, wars, stories,despairs and arts of the blue whale. There are perhaps tenthousand blue whales in the world, living in every ocean onearth, and of the largest animal who ever lived we knownearly nothing. But we know this: the animals with thelargest hearts in the world generally travel in pairs, and theirThe American Scholar: Joyas Voladoras - Brian Doyle3 of 512/3/18, 9:52 AM
penetrating moaning cries, their piercing yearning tongue,can be heard underwater for miles and miles.Mammals and birds have hearts with four chambers. Reptilesand turtles have hearts with three chambers. Fish have heartswith two chambers. Insects and mollusks have hearts withone chamber. Worms have hearts with one chamber, althoughthey may have as many as eleven single-chambered hearts.Unicellular bacteria have no hearts at all; but even they havefluid eternally in motion, washing from one side of the cell tothe other, swirling and whirling. No living being is withoutinterior liquid motion. We all churn inside.