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He Holds Him with His Skinny Hand, “There Was a Ship,” Quoth He. I. Who Does ‘He’ Refer to in the Above Extract? ii. What Do We Know About the Speaker’S Feelings? - English - Communicative

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He holds him with his skinny hand,

“There was a ship,” quoth he.

i. Who does ‘He’ refer to in the above extract?

ii. What do we know about the speaker’s feelings?

iii. Why is his hand called ‘skinny’?

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Solution 1

(i) 'He' refers to the mariner in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'

(ii) The speaker is eager to tell his story to the wedding guest.

(​ii) His hand is called skinny because the mariner is an old man.

Solution 2

i. The word ‘he’ refers to the Ancient Mariner in the poem.

ii. The speaker is the mariner in the extract. He desperately wants to share his experience and feelings with someone. Therefore, he captivates a man going for a wedding and narrates his story to him.

iii. His hand is called ‘skinny’ because he has become old and has grown pale and weak owing to the sufferings he has undergone.

Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)
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