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"The naked hulk alongside came, And the twain were casting dice; "The game is done! I've won! I've won!" Quoth she, and whistles thrice." Part the Third - 12.1-4
A ship symbolizing Death appears and pulls aside the Mariner's ship briefly before departing. Death's appearance is initially hopeful to the stranded sailors, until it nears and it's nature becomes known to the crew. Death is notable for foreshadowing the crew's demise.
"The self same moment I could pray; And from my neck so free The Albatross fell off, and sank Like lead into the sea." Part the Fourth - 15.1-4
After observing the life in the sea, the Mariner slowly comes to terms with his situation and with Nature. This moment is cathartic and symbolizes his salvation.
"The other was a softer voice, As soft as honey-dew: Quoth he, "The man hath penance done, And penance more will do." Part the Fifth - 26.1-4
While the Mariner is lapsing in out of consciousness, he hears two seemingly disembodied voices talking about him. One seems to want to show him no mercy, but the second restrains him, stating that the Mariner has already paid for his sin and will continue to do so.
While the Mariner is barely conscious, the dead crew start rigging ship, and as the Mariner slips in and out of consciousness, they return to his home country.
"The loud wind never reached the ship. Yet now the ship moved on! Beneath the lightning and the Moon The dead men gave a groan." Part the Sixth - 9.1-4
"Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched With a woeful agony, Which forced me to begin my tale; And then it left me free." Part the Seventh - 15.1-4
Through his salvation, the Mariner is blessed and is able to return, but he is from there on compelled to tell his story to those who might heed it's lesson. (Messenger of the Lord archetype)
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