​And I had done a hellish thing, And it would work’em woe; For all averred, I had killed the bird That made the breeze to blow. (a) What ‘hellish thing’ had ‘I’ done? (b) What made the other mariners contradict themselves? (c) Explain the meaning of ‘averred’.

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  1. The 'hellish thing' that the mariner did was to kill the bird.
  2. The other mariners contradicted as this action cause the breeze to blow and the calmness that they enjoyed, no longer persisted. There was a change in the scenario after the killing of the albatross.
  3. 'Averred' means to state something boldly or declare something with confidence.
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