Too dry mouthed to speak, the Mariner sucked the blood from his arm to moisten his mouth just enough to inform the other sailors about the ship.
A sail! A sail!
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As the ship neared, they saw that it was ghostly. Two people were on the ship, Death and Life-in-Death. Life-in-Death whistled three times and cause the sun to disappear. All of the sailors dropped dead except for the Mariner.
The Mariner had to live on the ship with the dead men for seven days and seven nights. He would try to pray but a "wicked wisper" would not let him.