Deep Water

Why did Douglas prefer to go to YMCA swimming pool to learn swimming?

Douglas’ mother recommended that he should learn swimming at the YMCA pool because unlike the Yakima river, which was treacherous and had drowned many, the pool was safe. It was only 2-3 feet deep at the shallow end and nine feet deep at the other end. There too, the fall was gradual.

‘All we have to fear is fear itself’. Describe Douglas’ experiences which led to the making of this statement.

In this story, Douglas from his early childhood, was terrified of water and avoided it. However, when he entered his teenage, he had a desire to learn swimming. His terror of water created an obstacle in front of him. William Douglas, for a long time remained fearful of water. This handicap deprived him of the …

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The childhood experience of terror of Douglas made him stronger and more determined. Elucidate the above statement supporting it with evidences from the text.

One day while Douglas was sitting by the pool side, a strong big boy picked him up and threw him into the deepest part of the pool. He sank to the bottom, but he tried to jump and come up gradually. As fear had gripped him, all his efforts went in vain. He was nearly …

The childhood experience of terror of Douglas made him stronger and more determined. Elucidate the above statement supporting it with evidences from the text. Read More »

‘I crossed to oblivion and the curtain of life fell’. What was the incident which nearly killed Douglas and developed in him a strong aversion to water?

was about four years old when he visited a beach in California with his father. They stood together in the surf. Douglas clung to his father yet a powerful wave swept him and knocked him down. He was terrified. This developed a fear of water in him. Then, when he was eleven years old, he …

‘I crossed to oblivion and the curtain of life fell’. What was the incident which nearly killed Douglas and developed in him a strong aversion to water? Read More »