The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, part the 4

The Wedding Guest proclaims that he fears the Ancient Mariner because he is unnaturally skinny, so tanned and wrinkled that he resembles the sand, and possesses a “glittering eye.” The Ancient Mariner assures him that he has not returned from the dead; he is the only sailor who did not die on his ship, but rather drifted in lonely, schorching agony. Being cursed resulted as he couldn’t pray on the ship, however after 7 long days and nights, the mariner noticed beautiful, glistening water snakes which had kept his mood up. Being so delighted to see the snakes, he blessed them. Finally he was able to pray. At this moment, the Albatross fell off his neck and sank heavily into the ocean leaving small bubbles on the sea waters.