“1) A fast fish belongs to the party fast to it.
[nearest to it]
2) A loose fish is fair game for anybody who can soonest catch it.
“...these two laws touching Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish will, on reflection, be found in the fundamentals of all human jurisprudence . . . what are the Rights of Man and the Liberties of the World but Loose-Fish? What are all men's minds and opinions but Loose-Fish? What is the great globe itself but a Loose-Fish? And what are you, reader, but a Loose-Fish and a Fast-Fish too?”
— Herman Melville, Moby Dick
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