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We are not afraid to die Class 11th commerce

Chapter - We are not Afraid to Die



The narrator

He was a 37-year-old businessman and a father of two beautiful and lovely children. He also proved to be a great captain during their rough times amidst all odd situations. He used his wisdom and manages most of the tasks single-handheld. It was his sea-faring skills that save all of them from the mighty danger.


Wife mary 

She showed valiantness and stood by her husband at odd times. She at times steered the boat also which provided immense support to the narrator. 



She was though seven years but was mature enough and showed great courage even she was badly injured, her eyes were badly swollen and there was a deep cut on her arm but she did not cry and incessantly told her father that she was alright.



He was a 6 yr old son of Gordon Cook, who accompanied him on this voyage. But after the mighty waves turned hit their boat, he just as his sister behave courageously and gave new strength by saying to his father that we are not afraid to die if we can all be together.


Larry Vigil and Herb Seigler

They both were professionals and were hired to counter, one of the world’s roughest seas i.e. Southern Indian ocean. They pumped like madmen to keep the water levels low and proved to be a good choice for the family.



  1. The first portion of the journey that is about 1,05,000 kilometres up to Cape Town passed off very enjoyably. On the 2nd day out of Cape Town, they started to encounter strong windstorms. Windstorms did not worry about the narrator. But the height of the waves was alarming up to fifteen meters above that was as high as the mainmast. On the 25th of December, the writer’s ship reaches in the southern Indian Ocean that was about 3,500 kilometres to the east of Cape Town. The family welcomed the New Year on the ship.
  1. At the dawn of 2nd January, the waves were huge in size. Unfriendly weather and massive waves forced the sailors to slow the speed of the ship, drop the storm jib and take various other precautions. The risk was so obvious that the sailors accomplished a life-raft drill, attached the lifeline boats and the life jackets. Unexpectedly at 6 pm, a terrific explosion shook the Wavewalker and the writer was thrown overboard. The Wavewalker was about to overturn when another massive wave hit it throwing it upright one more time. The writer was thrown back again on the deck, his head and ribs were smashing touching the walls of the Wavewalker. In spite of a lot of injuries, the writer took charge of the situation and decided to handle it on his own. Larry and Herb started pumping out water from the ship.
  1. The author somehow managed to cover the canvas across the gaps to stop the water from entering into the ship. Moreover, their hand pumps stopped functioning and the electric pumps short-circuited at the same time. Luckily, the writer found a spare electrical pump that was in a working condition. The entire night everyone was pumping, steering, repairing and sending radio signals for help. The author checked the charts and found that He Amsterdam, a French scientific base was their last hope.
  1. Sue and Jon got heavily injured. But, they were not afraid to die if they were all together. Sue’s head got swelling and she was having a deep injury. Moreover, the writer became extra determined to see the courage of his children. Finally, they were able to touch the lie Amsterdam. It was a volcanic island where 28 inhabitants were ready to receive them.
  1. To sum up, we are not afraid to die if we can all be together summary, we can say the collective power of unity and the never-failing confidence of the sailors made it possible for them to survive and come out from the jaws of death.


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