Q. Describe Gloria Emerson’s experience of parachute jumping in Take the Plunge by Gloria Emerson?
Ans. Gloria Emerson wanted to do something unusual and brave, but she seemed to have no special talent for anything. She was told that skydiving required no extraordinary skill or endurance.
The idea of jumping from a plane and drifting through space caught her imagination. She joined Istel’s training centre. After a brief period of training she made her first jump. One lovely morning she boarded a Cessna 180. She felt clumsy in her jump-suit and other equipment. The plane rose and at 23 hundred feet, her companion went to the door and jumped. Suddenly she became nervous, and shouted at the drillmaster that she did not want to jump. could not hear her, and took her to the doorway.
She had no choice but to jump. She.closed her eyes and plunged forward. She began to fall like a stone. Then the parachute opened with a plop, and she opened her eyes. Her eyes and nose were leaking. Suddenly the noise of the plane and the wind stopped. Then she saw the strange colours and scenes or the endless sky and earth that she had neither seen nor read about. The parachute became a lovable toy. She could play with it as she liked. Drifting through space became an exciting experience, a feverish pleasure that took hold of her whole being.