The title means that if they all can be together, they are never afraid to die. The narrator and his party face the worst times of their life. But they face it boldly and come out successfully. The lesson is clear: we must face the odds of life with courage and they won’t harm us.
We Are Not Afraid to Die
Sue had a bump. It was quite swollen. Her blackened eyes narrowed to slits. Her head injury took six minor operations to remove a recurring blood clot between skin and skull. This shows that her injuries were serious.
The narrator and the party were cheered at the island by all 28 inhabitants of the island the next morning. The narrator thought of Larry and Herb, Mary and children who remained cheerful and optimistic.
The narrator called Amsterdam the most beautiful island in the world not because of its natural beauty as it was only a bleak piece of volcanic rock with little vegetation but because they had reached an island when they had lost all hope of survival.
On the evening of January 5th, 1977, Mary and the narrator felt that the end was very near. They sat together holding hands. The motion of the ship brought in more and more water through the broken planks.
Wavewalker was hit by a huge wave. As a consequence Suzanne got injury on her forehead. Yet, she was not scared. She prepared a funny card showing caricatures of her loving and hard working parents. She just wanted to lighten the gloomy atmosphere.
Jonathan asked his father, the narrator, if he could have a hug. When the narrator asked why, he said that he was the best daddy and the best captain in the whole world. Sue said that he had found the island which was in front of them then.
Sue had a bump over her eye. It had swollen alarmingly. She had two enormous black eyes, she also had a deep cut on her arm. She didn’t bother her daddy about her injuries as he was busy in more important task.
When the narrator went to comfort the children, Jonathan asked him if they were going to die. But he added that they were not afraid of dying if they all are together.
The boat had water everywhere. Larry and Herb were pumping like madmen. Broken timbers, clothes, crockery, charts, tins and toys were floating here and there.