"in those jaws of swift destruction, like another cursed Jonah"

BOOK OF JONAH - PROPHET RENOUNCES MISSION, REDEEMED BY WHALE

Bible reference, Melantrich Bible illustration

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Melantrich51.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji%C5%99%C3%AD_Melantrich_of_Aventino