The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Why did the Mariner's fellow sailors die and he remain alive is that

A. the sailors never appreciate the albatross

B. he deserves the greater punishment of a living hell

C. the Mariner is more religious than the other men

D. the polar spirit protects him from death

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The Polar Spirit loves the albatross, the two other spirits discuss the mariner's fate.

I'll go with D

"for the ancient Mariner hath been accorded to the Polar Spirit, who returneth southward."