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What is the ‘misadventure’ that William Douglas speaks about?
There are two misadventures mentioned by the author. One was when he was three or four years old and his father took him to a beach in California. He was standing on the surf with his father when waves knocked him down he was buried in water. This frightened him and later the ‘Misadventure’ refers to the trauma that the author had to undergo in the YMCA pool. He was pushed in the deep end of the pool by an eighteen years old boy. He was on the verge of drowning and could not recoup from the deep end. This instilled the fear of water in him.
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?
How did this experience affect him?
Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water?
How did the instructor ‘build a swimmer’ out of Douglas?
How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror?
How does Douglas make clear to the reader the sense of panic that gripped him as he almost drowned? Describe the details that have the description vivid?
How did Douglas overcome his fear of water?
Why does Douglas as an adult recount a childhood experience of terror and his conquering of it? What larger meaning does he draw from this experience?
Why did Douglas dislike the idea of getting into water?
What was Douglas’s initial reaction on being thrown into water?
When Douglas realized that he was sinking, how did he plan to save himself?
What did Douglas experiences as he went down to the bottom of the pool for the first time?
What sort of terror seized Douglas as he went down the water with a yellow glow? How could he feel that he was still alive?
What happened the third time when Douglas went down?
How did the incident at YMCA pool affect William Douglas later in his life?
How did the 'near death' experience in the (Yakima) Y.M.C.A. pool have a far reaching effect on the author's life?
‘If we surrender to our fears they overpower us, If we face them they fade away. Do you agree? Why, Why not? Discuss with reference to the lesson.
How did the instructor build a swimmer out of Douglas?
‘But I was not finished’. Describe how Douglas built up his confidence as a swimmer after the instructor had left him.

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