In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" what other propitious happenings result from this deed?

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After the mariner killed the albatross, several things occurred that appeared to be positive. When the mist and fog disappeared and the wind picked up to drive the ship forward, the crew agreed he was right to kill the bird. Then doom struck in the form of becalmment and no rain. The crew dies a ghastly death, killed by Death and her mate dicing for the crew's souls. The Ancient Mariner then prays both for himself, the bird, and the dead crew. He admires the beauty of the sea life and the saints seemed to bless him. He could finally sleep and the rains came to slake his thirst. The wind returned and the dead crew arose and manned the ship as spirits. The spirits sang a beautiful song, then departed as blessed souls. and still the ship moved from a spirit beneath. The mariner hears two spirits speak and learns his fate. The ship is returned to its home port where it sinks just outside the harbor. As his penance for the killing of the birdand hence his crew mates, the mariner must tell his terrible tale, making the point that God will save those who pray and love both man and bird and beast. For he who loves all life is loved by God.

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