“Call me Ishmael”.
No, not really. My name is Steven, but “Call me Steven” doesn’t quite have the same effect. “Moby Dick” was, no is, Tristan’s favorite book. He always said it was the best and worst book he ever read. He used to like to read the last part to us, the part where Moby Dick destroys the whaler, and even though the sailors know they are doomed, they allow Ahab to beckon them on in pursuit of the great white whale. In the end, when the ship and all the boats are destroyed, and the sailors killed, Ishmael survives thanks to Queequag’s coffin.
Tristan is a survivor, just like Ishmael. That’s why I don’t believe he and Isolde are dead. Tristan would never give up on living and he’d never let Isolde die.