Q. Why did Gloria Emerson make the parachute jump in Take the Plunge by Gloria Emerson?
Ans. Gloria Emerson was a journalist working in women’s news section. She wanted to do something brave, something exciting instead of writing little silly stories about women’s shoes or skirts. She confesses that she was neither daring nor confident; she had a bad back, uncertain ankles and defective vision. Still she wanted to do something daring, Something unusual. But she seemed to have no skill, no talent for anything. Then somebody told her that jumping from a plane required no special talent or extraordinary physical strength. Skydiving caught her imagination. It was, she was told “the world’s most stimulating and soul-satisfying sport” and “as safe as swimming”. So in a wreckless moment in May she decided to take the plunge. She wanted to experience the thrill and excitement of drifting through space with the parachute above her. She had no time to think that if wind grew stormy, she might fall on the high-tension wires, or hang on a tree.