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Drawing Restraint 9 - Narrative & Imagery
... In the ship's galley, the chef cleans his knives and utensils, boils shrimp and cuts blocks of grey, layered jelly into plated portions using a field emblem mould ... It eventually snares the log of ambergris and the Nisshin Maru winches it up into the flensing bay through the back of the ship ... also carry a large conch shell strapped to their backs, flensing knives with horn handles and a small bone instrument resembling a folded fan ...

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    Through open doors, the dining-room declares
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