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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," why is the wedding guest a sadder and wiser man after hearing the mariners story?

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On a very simplistic level, the wedding guest is sadder because he has missed the wedding. He has been held by the Ancient Mariner's "skinny hand" and "his glittering eye," and "he cannot choose but hear." And so he misses the wedding and the party.

But far deeper than this loss, the wedding guest has heard a tale of suffering and death....

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