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8. Whom doth he stop?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s celebrated long poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner begins with the words, “It is an Ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three”. Three what?

A) Doctors hastening to a medical emergency
B) Guests on their way to a nearby wedding
C) Noblemen going to the House of Lords
D) Young sailors returning to their ship

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The guest button-holed by the Mariner is impatient to get to the wedding. He replies, “By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?” Transfixed by the stranger’s hypnotic gaze, though, he doesn’t have any choice but to sit down and listen through the rest of the poem’s nearly 700 lines.

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