Life of Pi

in chapter 40 is pi more terrified of the pacific or the tiger?

the paragraph is at the very end of the chapter :

I was alone and orphaned, in the middle of the Pacific, hanging on to an oar, an adult tiger in front of me, sharks beneath me, a storm raging above me. [...]. After a while I made good use of the lifebuoy. I lifted it out of the water and put the oar through its hole. I worked it down until the ring was hugging me. Now it was only with my legs that I had to hold on. If Richard Parker appeared, it would be more awkward to drop from the oar, but one terror at a time, Pacific before tiger. (2.40.4-5)

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I think his going concern is the Tiger at the end of his boat. Everything that Pi does is to adapt to Richard Parker a few feet away.

Well, I actually think he's equally afraid of both. He won't climb back into the boat, and he's built a perchfor himself in order to stay out of the water. At this point, the boat and the water pose the same threat.


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