The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Why does the Wedding-Guest fear the Ancient Mariner in Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

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The wedding guest is on his way to a wedding when the Mariner stops him. The third stanza lets readers know that the Mariner must have stopped the wedding guest by physical force.

He holds him with his skinny hand,
'There was a ship,' quoth he.
'Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!'
I think that would automatically make most people nervous. If someone that you didn't know grabbed you and forced you to stop, that would likely put you on edge. The wedding guest responds in a manner that I think most nervous people would respond. He tells the Mariner to let go, and the wedding guest does so with an insult attached to it. The Mariner lets go, but the wedding guest discovers that...

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