NCERT Chapter-3 Deep Water Class 12 Question Answers, Summary, solutions & Explanation

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NCERT Deep Water Class 12 Question Answers, Summary, solutions & Explanation

Class12th 
Chapter03
Chapter NameDeep Water
BoardCBSE & All others boards
Book NCERT
SubjectEnglish Elective  (Flamingo)
Medium English
Study Materialsvery important question to answer

deep water summary in English | Deep water line by line explanation

William Douglas (1898-1980) was a well-known English short story writer He was born in Maine, Minnesota. After graduating with a Bachelor of An in English and Economics, he spent two years teaching high school in Yakima However, he got tired of this and decided to pursue a legal career. 

He met Franklin D. Roosevelt at Yale and became an adviser and friend to the President. Douglas was a leading advocate of individual rights. He retired in 1975 with a term lasting thirty-six years and remains the longest-serving Justice in the history of the court. The following excerpt is taken from Of Me and Mountains by William O. Douglas. 

It reveals how as a young boy Willian Douglas nearly drowned in a swimming pool. In this essay, he talks about hi fear of water and thereafter, how he finally overcame it. The autobiographical part of the selection supports his discussion of fear. A first-person narration of personal experience and an account of the steps taken to overcome it make the essay quite interesting.

The narrator decided to learn to swim. There was a pool at Y.M.C.A. that offered him a good opportunity. Swimming in the Yakima River was quite dangerous. His mother had warned against it. But the Y.M.C.A. pool was safe for swimming.

 It was 2 to 3 feet deep at the shallow end. At the deep end, it was nine feet. The slope was gradual. William Douglas had an aversion to water from the beginning. Once he stood at the beach with his father. A wave swept over him and knocked him down. He was buried in water. He w frightened. The Y.M.C.A. pool revived those fears.

The narrator was alone at the pool. He didn’t dare to go inside the wat alone. Then came a big bully of a boy. He was a beautiful physical ‘specimen He cried “Hi Skinny !” Then he picked the narrator up and tossed him into t deep end. He went at once to the bottom. He was frightened but not out of wits. 

He decided to make a big jump from the bottom. He would try to come to the surface. He would lie flat on it. Finally, he would paddle to the edge of t pool.

Those nine feet were more like ninety. His lungs were ready to burst. when he hit bottom, he gathered all his strength. He made a great spring upwards. He came up rather slowly. He opened his eyes but saw nothing water. He grew panicky. 

He was suffocating. He tried to cry but no sound ca out. He swallowed water and choked. His legs were paralyzed and rigid. A great force pulled him underwater. He was getting dizzy. He down endlessly. Then stark terror seized him. His arms would not move.

he tried to call for help. Nothing happened. He sucked for air but got water. Then all efforts ceased. He felt like sleeping. He crossed to oblivion. When he woke up, he found himself lying on his stomach beside the pool. He was vomiting. The chap who threw him in said that he was ‘only fooling’. But the narrator had nearly died.

For days he was constantly haunted by fear. He never went back to the pool. He feared water and avoided it whenever he could. Whenever he went near water, the terror would seize him. His legs got paralyzed. Icy horror would grab his heart. The fear stayed with him as the years rolled by.

The narrator got an instructor. He went to a pool. He practiced five days a week. The instructor put a belt around him. A rope attached to the belt went through a pulley. On each trip across the pool, a bit of panic seized him. 

It was three months before the tension began to disappear. Then he taught the narrator how to put his face under water and exhale. And then how to raise his nose and inhale. He repeated the exercise hundreds of times.

Next, the instructor taught him how to kick with his legs. For weeks he did just that. At 1 first his legs refused to work. But finally, he could command them. At last, the instructor made him a real swimmer. But he still feared being alone in the pool. 

This went on until July. So he went to Lake Wentworth and dived off a dock at Triggs Island. He swam two miles across the lake to Stamp Act Island. When the old fear returned the narrator would laugh. The fear fled and he swam on. Finally, he had conquered his fear of water.

deep water summary in hindi

कथाकार ने तैरना सीखने का निर्णय कर लिया। वाई. एम.सी.ए. पर एक तालाब था। वह उसे एक अच्छा मौका प्रदान करता था । यकिमा नदी में तैरना काफी खतरनाक था। उसकी माँ ने इसके विरुद्ध चेतावनी दी थी लेकिन वाई. एम. सी. ए. का तालाब तैरने के लिए सुरक्षित था। यह छिछले सिरे की ओर 2 से 3 फुट गहरा था। गहरे छोर पर यह 9 फुट (गहरा ) था। 

ढलान सीधा नहीं था। शुरू से ही बिलियम डूगलस को पानी से विरक्ति थी एक बार समुद्री तट पर वह अपने पिता के साथ खड़ा था। एक लहर उसके सिर के ऊपर से उतर गयी और उसे नीचे गिरा दिया वह पानी में दब गया। वह डर गया। वाई. एम.सी.ए. के तालाब ने उस डर को फिर से पैदा कर दिया।

तालाब पर कथाकार अकेला था। वह अकेला पानी के अन्दर जाने की हिम्मत नहीं करता था। फिर एक बड़ा धौंसिया लड़का आया। वह एक सुन्दर शारीरिक नमूना था। वह चिल्लाया, फेंक दिया वह एकदम तली में चला गया। वह डर गया था परन्तु उसने होश नहीं खोया था। 

“है, सुक्कड़ !” फिर उसने कथाकार को ऊपर उठाया और गहरे छोर के अन्दर उछाल कर उसने नीचे से एक बड़ी छलांग लगाने का फैसला किया। वह सतह पर आने का प्रयत्न करेगा। वह पानी पर सीधा लेट जाएगा। अन्ततः वह हाथ-पैर चलाता तालाब के छोर तक चला जाएगा।

से टकराया उसने अपनी सारी ताकत समेट ली। उसने ऊपर की ओर एक बड़ी छलांग लगायी। 1990 से भी अधिक थे। उसके फेफड़े फटने को थे। लेकिन जब वह ती वह अपेक्षाकृत धीमे ऊपर आया। उसने अपनी आँखें खोलीं लेकिन पानी के अतिरिक्त कुछ भी दिखायी नहीं दिया। वह घबरा गया। उसका दम घुट रहा था। उसने चीखने का प्रयत्न किया लेकिन कोई आवाज बाहर नहीं आई। उसने पानी निगला और उसका गला अवरुद्ध हो उसकी टांगें अशक्त और सख्त हो गयीं। 

एक भारी शक्ति ने उसे पानी के नीचे खींच लिया। उसे चक्कर आ रहे थे। वह निरन्त नीचे जा रहा था। फिर पूर्ण डर ने उसे जकड़ लिया। उसकी भुजाएँ चलती ही नहीं थीं। उस अपने सहायता के लिए पुकारने का प्रयत्न किया कुछ भी नहीं हुआ। 

उसने हवा को अन्दर चूसने व प्रयत्न किया परन्तु उसे केवल पानी ही मिला। फिर सारे प्रयत्न समाप्त हो गए। उसकी सोने के इच्छा हुई। वह भूल में खो गया। जब वह जागा तो उसने अपने को तालाब के किनारे पेट के बल पड़ा पाया वह उलटी कर रहा था। 

जिस लड़के ने उसे अन्दर फेंका था उसने का कि वह तो केवल ‘(उसे) बेवकूफ’ बना रहा था। परन्तु कथाकार मृतप्राय हो गया था। (कई दिनों तक उसके दिल में वह डर आता रहा। वह फिर कभी तालाब पर नहीं गय यह पानी से डरता था और जितना बच सके उससे बचने का प्रयत्न करता था। 

जब भी पानी के नजदीक गया, डर उसे जकड़ लेता था। उसकी टाँगें सुन्न हो जाती थीं। बर्फीला ह उसके हृदय को जकड़ लेता था। जैसे साल बीतते गए डर उसके साथ ठहर गया।

कथाकार को एक प्रशिक्षक मिल गया। वह एक तालाब पर गया। उसने सप्ताह में 5 दिन अभ्यास किया। प्रशिक्षक ने उसके चारों ओर एक पेटी बाँध दी। पेटी से बँधी रस्सी एक पुल्ती (pulley) के ऊपर से गुजारी। 

तालाब के पास हर फेरी पर थोड़ी-सी घबराहट उसे फिर जकड़ लेतीं इससे पहले कि डर गायब हो, उसे तीन महीने लग गए। फिर उसने कथाकार को अपना चेहरा पानी के अन्दर लेकर साँस बाहर निकालना सिखाया। और फिर उसने अपना चेहरा उठाकर साँस अन्दर लेना सिखाया। उसने इस क्रिया को सैकड़ों बार दोहराया।

फिर प्रशिक्षक ने उसे टाँगों को कैसे चलाया जाता है यह सिखाया। कई सप्ताह वह सिर्फ वही करता रहा। पहले तो उसकी टाँगों ने काम करने से इन्कार कर दिया। लेकिन अन्ततः वह उन्हें आदेशानुसार चलाने में कामयाब रहा। अन्त में प्रशिक्षक ने उसे वास्तविक तैराक बना दिया। 

लेकिन वह अभी भी अकेला तालाब में जाने से डरता था। यह जुलाई तक चलता रहा। इसलिए वह झील वेन्टवर्थ गया और ट्रिग्ज टापू की एक डॉक से छलांग लगा दी। वह दो मील झीत के आरपार स्टैम्प एक्ट द्वीप तक तेरा। जब पुराना डर लौट आता तो कथाकार हँसता था। डर भाग गया और वह तैरता गया। अन्ततः उसने पानी के अपने डर के ऊपर काबू पा लिया।

WORD MEANINGS 

  • Treacherous-not reliable ( जोखिम भरा); Continually all the time (लगातार निरन्तर); Warned-cautioned (चेतावनी दी); Drop-descent (ढलान); 
  • Gradual-slow and steady (-); Water wings-device like wings that keep a person afloat in water (एक ऐसा उपक्रम जो व्यक्ति को पानी में तैरते रखता है); 
  • Skinny-thin (दुबली-पतली); Subdued-overcame (पर काबू पा लिया); Aversion-dislike (घृणा भय); 
  • Beach-seashore (समुद्र तट); 
  • Surf-foam of breaking waves (लहरों का झाग Hung on—kept holding (पकड़े रखा); Overpowering-forceful (शक्तिशाली); 
  • Re vived-brought back to life (पुनः जीवित हो गई); Stirred-awakened (जगा दिए) Paddled-swam like a duck (बतख की भाँति तैरना); 
  • Aping-imitating (नकल करना): Misadventure-mishap, accident (दुर्घटना); Still-motionless (रुका हुआ, शांता 
  • Tiled-paved with tiles (टाइलें लगा हुआ); 
  • Timid-shy (शर्मीला मील); 
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Class 12 English  Deep Water Class 12 Question Answers
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1. What is the “misadventure” that William Douglas speaks about?

Ans. William O. Douglas had just learned to swim. One day, an eighteen-year-old big bruiser picked him up and tossed him into the nine feet deep end of the Y.M.C.A. pool. He hit the water surface in a sitting position. He swallowed water and went at once to the bottom. He nearly died in this misadventure.

2. What were the series of emotions and fears that Douglas experienced when he was thrown into the pool? What plans did he make to come to the surface?

Ans. Douglas was frightened when he was thrown into the pool. However, he was not frightened out of his wits. While sinking down he made a plan. He would make a big jump when his feet hit the bottom. He would come to the surface like a cork, lie flat on it, and paddle to the edge of the pool. 

3. How did this experience affect him?

Ans. This experience revived his aversion to water. He shook and cried when he lay on his bed. He couldn’t eat that night. For many days, there was a haunting fear in his heart. The slightest exertion upset him, making him wobbly in the knees and sick to his stomach. He never went back to the pool He feared water and avoided it whenever he could.

4. Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water? 

Ans, His fear of water ruined his fishing trips. It deprived him of the joy of canoeing, boating, and swimming. Douglas used every way he knew to overcome this fear he had developed since childhood. Even as an adult, it held him firmly in its grip. He determined to get an instructor and learn trimming to get over this fear of water. 

5. How did the instructor “build a swimmer” out of Douglas?

Ans. The instructor built a swimmer out of Douglas piece by piece. For three months he held him high on a rope attached to his belt. He went back and forth across the pool. Panic seized the author every time. The instructor urged Douglas to put his face under water and exhale and to raise his nose and inhale. Then Douglas had to kick with his legs for many weeks till these relaxed. After seven months the instructor told him to swim the length of the pool.

6. How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror? 

Ans. Douglas still felt terror-stricken when he was alone in the pool. The remnants of the old terror would return, but he would rebuke it and go for another length of the pool. He was still not satisfied. 

So he went to Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire, dived off a dock at Triggs Island, and swam two miles across the lake. He had his residual doubts. 

So he went to Meade Glacier, dived into Warni Lake, and swam across to the other shore and back. Thus he made sure that he had conquered the old terror. 

7. How does Douglas make clear to the reader the sense of panic that gripped him as he almost drowned? Describe the details that have made the description vivid. 

Ans. Douglas gives a detailed account of his feelings and efforts to save himself from getting drowned. He uses literary devices to make the description graphic and vivid. For example, Those nine feet were more like ninety’, ‘My

lungs were ready to burst ‘I came up slowly, I opened my eyes, and saw nothing but water…I grew panicky….. I was suffocating. I tried to yell, but no sound came out!’ 

8. How did Douglas overcome his fear of water?

Ans. When Douglas grew up, he took the help of an instructor to learn to swim. His training went on from October to April. For three months he was taken across the pool with the help of a rope. As he went under, terror-filled him and his legs froze. The instructor taught him to exhale underwater and inhale through the raised nose. He made him kick his legs to make them relax. 

Then he asked him to swim. He continued swimming from April to July. Still, all terror had not left. He swam two miles across Lake Wentworth and the whole length to the shore and back of Warm Lake. Then he overcame his fear of water.

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Class 12 English  Deep Water Class 12 Question Answers
Class 12 English Question Answer

1. What happened when William Douglas was ten or eleven years

Ans. A ‘misadventure’ happened when William Douglas was ten or eleven old. He was alone at the Y.M.C.A. swimming pool. A big bully of a boy d him into the deep end of the pool. He was nearly drowned. He had to go long and intense suffering during those moments. At last, he became conscious and found himself lying on his stomach beside the pool.

2. Why was the Y.M.C.A. pool safe? Why did his mother continually against his going to the Yakima River?

Ans. William Douglas had decided to learn to swim. His most continually warned against his going to the Yakima River for swimming river was treacherous. The mother kept fresh in his mind the details of drowning in the river. But the Y.M.C.A. pool was safe. It was only two or both feet at the shallow end and nine feet at the deeper end. The slope was gradual. 

3. How and why did Douglas develop an aversion to the water when was in it?

Ans. William Douglas’s aversion to water developed at the age of three or four. His father took him to the beach in California. They st together in the surf. The waves knocked him down and swept over him buried in water. His breath was gone and he was frightened. He develop fear and aversion to the water when he was in it.

4. What was the misadventure and how did it start? 

Ans. The narrator was at the Y.M.C.A. pool. He had decided to leam swim. Suddenly a strong built boy of eighteen came. He teased him and finally tossed him into the water. Very soon he went to the bottom. He struck to come up but couldn’t. He felt paralyzed and suffocated. He was the one who drowned.

5. What did Douglas plan when his feet hit the bottom? 

Ans. Douglas was tossed into the deep end of the pool. At once his f touched the bottom. He was frightened but not out of his wits. He planned to make a big jump and come to the surface. He thought of lying flat on the water! some time. Finally, he decided to paddle to the edge of the pool.

6. “On the way down I planned,” remarks Douglas. What plan had been devised and how far did it succeed?

Ans. While going down to the bottom, he made a plan to save himself from being drowned. He decided to make a big jump as his feet hit the bo He hoped to move up to the surface of the water like a cork. Then he would lic on it, and paddle to the edge of the pool.  

7. What did Douglas experience as he went down to the bottom of the pool for the first time?

Ans. Going down to the depth of nine feet was not quick. It seemed a way down. For him, those nine feet were more like ninety. Before he thought the bottom his lungs were ready to burst. He did not lose his presence Using all his strength, he made a great jump upwards.

8. How was the result of the ‘great spring upwards’ that Douglas on hitting the bottom of the pool for the first time?

Ans. Douglas rose to the surface very slowly. When he opened he saw nothing but water with a dirty yellow color. He grew panicky He grabbed a rope but his hands clutched only at the water. He was suffocating and tried to shout, but no sound came out. Then his eyes and nose came out of his water-but not his mouth.

9. How did Douglas struggle before hitting the bottom of the pool for second time? What was the outcome of his struggle?

Ans. Douglas moved his arms and legs around without control. He allowed water and choked. His legs hung as dead weights, paralyzed, and id A great force was pulling him down. He struck at the water with full ne as he went down. He had lost all his breath. His lungs ached and his head bed. He was getting dizzy. He went down through dark water and was ed with fear.

10. What sort of terror seized Douglas as he went down the ‘water with yellow glow?’ How could he feel he was still alive? 

Ans. An absolute, rigid terror seized Douglas. It was a terror that knew no derstanding or control and was beyond the comprehension of anyone who had experienced it. He was paralyzed under water-stiff and rigid with fear. His dreams were frozen. The beating of his heart and throbbing of his mind made him feel that he was still alive.

11. In the midst of the terror came a touch of reason.’ How did the two races work in opposite directions and how did Douglas fare? 

Ans. Reason told him to jump when he hit the bottom as he felt the tiles er him, and he jumped with everything he had. But the jump made no difference. mass of yellow water held him. Stark terror took an even deeper hold on. He shook and trembled with fright. His arms and legs wouldn’t move. He tried to call for help, but nothing opened

12. I crossed to oblivion, and the curtain of life fell.’ How did Douglas experience the sensation of dying before he actually crossed to oblivion? 

Ans. As Douglas went down the pool the third time, he swallowed more water. All his efforts to jump up ceased. His legs felt limp. A blackness swept wer his brain and it wiped out fear and terror. There was no more panic. It was quiet and peaceful. He felt drowsy and wanted to go to sleep. 

13. In what state did Douglas find himself in regaining consciousness?

Ans. He found himself lying on his stomach near the pool. He was omitting. The fellow who had thrown him in the pool was saying that he was only joking. Then someone remarked that the small boy had nearly died. He hoped that he would be all right then. Then he was carried to the locker room for a change of clothes. 

14. How did Douglas react to the frightening experience

(i) that day He shook and cried when he lay on his bed. He couldn’t eat that night. 

(ii) A later when he came to know the waters of the Cascades? haunting fear was there in his heart. The slightest exertion upset him.  

Ans. (i) He walked home after several hours. He was weak and trembling.

knees became wobbly. He felt sick to his stomach. Lake of Goat Rocks, the terror that had seized him in the pool would come. 

(ii) Whenever he waded the Tieton or Bumping River or bathed in Warm back. This terror would take possession of him completely. His legs become paralyzed. Icy horror would grab his heart.

15. “This handicap stayed with me as the years rolled by.” How affect his pursuits for pleasure?

Ans. The haunting fear of water followed Douglas everywhere. He is in canoes on Maine lakes fishing for landlocked salmon. He went fishing in New Hampshire, trout fishing on the Deschutes and Metal

Oregon, fishing for salmon on the Columbia, at Bumping Lake in the Cas Fear ruined his fishing trips. It deprived him of the joy of canoeing, bo, and swimming… 

16. What efforts did Douglas make to get over his fear of water why?

Ans. Fear of water was a handicap Douglas developed during his childhood It stayed with him as he grew older. It ruined his pursuits of pleasure canoeing, boating, swimming, and fishing. He used every method he can to overcome this fear. Finally, he determined to get an instructor and swimming.

17. What was the first piece of exercise the Instructor gave Dou How long did it take to yield the desired result?

Ans. The instructor made him go across the pool an hour a day for days with the help of a rope attached to his belt. The rope went through a pulley that ran on an overhead cable. The instructor held on to the end o rope. They went back and forth across the pool. 

A bit of panic seized every time. Moreover, the old terror returned and his legs froze when the instructor loosened his grip on the rope and Douglas went underwater.  after three months that the tension began to decrease. 

18. Which other exercise did the Instructor prescribe for Douglas to make him shed the panic caused by water?

Ans. He taught Douglas to put his face under water and exhale. The way to raise his nose and inhale. He repeated this exercise hundreds of t Bit by bit he shed part of the panic that seized him when his head watered. 

19. Which exercise helped Douglas to loosen his stiff legs and then work as he desired?

Ans. The Instructor held Douglas at the side of the swimming pool. 1 he made Douglas kick with his legs. He did just that for weeks. At first, he refused to work. But gradually they relaxed. Finally, he was able to come to them.

20. How did William Douglas finally overcome his fear of the water? 

Ans. The instructor had done his job. He made Douglas a perfect swim But still, he was not satisfied. He was not sure that all the terror had left. S went to Lake Wentworth and dived off a dock at Triggs Island. He swam two hours across the lake. Only once did the terror return. But it fled and swam on. At last, he had conquered his fear of water.

LONG ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS

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Class 12 English Question Answer

1. What was the sense of panic that gripped William O. Douglas?  

Ans. William G. Douglas developed an aversion to water when he was sta boy of three or four. He and his father stood together in the surf. He was locked down by the waves. He was buried in water. His breath was gone. He was frightened and developed a permanent fear of water. This fear revived when he was at the Y.M.C.A. swimming pool. 

A big boy of eighteen was tossed into the deep end of the pool. He soon reached the bottom of the nine feet up pool. But those nine feet were more like ninety. Now started a long and agonizing struggle to come to the surface. He was nearly drowned. He was ripped with terror but still not out of his wits. 

He planned to jump up to the surface but without any success. He was suffocating. His hands and legs were paralyzed and rigid. His lungs ached and his head throbbed. He went down, down endlessly. Then all efforts ceased. He crossed into oblivion. When he came to senses, he found himself lying beside the pool, vomiting.

William O. Douglas decided to get an instructor and learn how to swim. He went to a pool and practiced five days a week. The instructor put a belt around Douglas. A long rope was attached to it. He made him go back and forth across the pool. He made him a perfect swimmer.

 But he was not still satisfied. He was not sure that all his terror had left. So he went to Lake Wentworth and dived off a dock. He swam two miles across the lake. Only once did the terror return. But it finally fled and he swam on in Lake Warm freely. He had conquered his fear of water. 

2. What was the “misadventure” that William O. Douglas speaks about at the Y.M.CA? swimming pool? Why did he go there? How did the ‘misadventure’ affect Douglas in later years? 

Ans. William O. Douglas was ten or eleven years old. He had decided to learn to swim. There was a pool at the YMCA. It offered him exactly the opportunity. The Yakima River was not yet suitable for swimming. 

It is ‘treacherous’. His mother continually warned against it because of drowning accidents in it. But the Y.M.C.A. pool was quite safe. It was two-three feet deep at the shallow end and nine feet at the deep end. The slope is also gradual. Douglas had developed an aversion to water when he was three or four years old. He was knocked down by the waves when he sat with his father in the surf. He was almost buried in water. He was frightened and the fear of water stayed with him.

One day he was at the pool. No one else was there. The pool review ERunpleasant memories. It stirred childish fears in him. Then came a big bear of a boy. Probably he was eighteen years old. He had thick hair on his chest He cried, “Hi, Skinny! How would you like to be ducked ?” Then he pic Douglas up and tossed him into the deep end of the pool. He at once we the bottom and got frightened and panicky. Then started a long and agonizing

struggle to come up to the surface. Douglas was almost drowned in the pond The ‘misadventure’ had a deep psychological effect on William ( Douglas. His aversion and fear of water were more intense now. It stayed w him for years. It ruined his fishing trips. It deprived him of the joy of cancer boating and swimming.

3. Comment on the appropriateness of the title ‘Deep Water’

Or, Do you think the title ‘Deep Water’ is apt? Give reasons in support of your answer.

Ans. The title ‘Deep Water ‘is quite appropriate to this extract from Men and Mountains’ by William O. Douglas. The title is highly suggested and at once focuses our attention on the main theme-experiencing fear of death underwater and the efforts of the author to overcome it.

All the details in the essay converge on his personal experience and analysis of fear. The psychological analysis of fear is presented from a child’s point of view and centers around deep water and drowning.

The overpowering force of the waves at the California beach stirs avers for water in Douglas. His mother warns him against swimming in the d waters of the treacherous Yakima River. The nine feet deep water of the swimming pool appears more than ninety to Douglas. However, when conquers fear he can dive and swim in the deep waters of Lake Wentworth Warm Lake. Thus the title is apt and suggestive.



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FAQs

21. “The experience had a deep meaning for me.” says William.

Ans. The experience had a deeper meaning for Douglas. His aim was not glass describes a horrible experience. He wanted to leave a message. Only those who have undergone such a stark terror and conquered it can appreciate Douglas’s experience teaches us that all obstacles, fears, and terrors can be ered. Only we must have the determination and courage to meet them. 

22. All we have to fear is fear itself says, Roosevelt. Explain the important e-statement. Elucidate the statement. Or, What is the message of the lesson “Deepwater”?

Ans. In death there is peace. There is terror only in the fear of death. This de message of the lesson. Roosevelt knew it when he said, “All we have to do is fear itself.” All terrors and fears are psychological. The fear of death sus dies every moment. We can overcome and conquer it. Only we have been determined and courageous. Douglas conquered the fear of water only making himself a perfect swimmer.

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