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Pi outlines a step-by-step procedure for taming a wild animal at sea. It is actually the rationale for Pi’s own plan of action. To implement the program, first provoke the animal, but not to the point of attack. “If it does, God be with you.” Maintain eye contact. Then, when the animal attempts to cross into your territory, blast on the whistle and trip the sea anchor so the boat rocks the animal into seasickness. (If you become seasick yourself, use your vomit to mark your territory.) Then, retreat to your own safety zone and leave the animal alone, but safely sheltered. Repeat the process until the animal associates the sound of the whistle with extreme nausea. By this time, the whistle alone should suffice in controlling the animal.
For the training of Richard Parker, Pi fashions a shield from a turtle shell. His first attempt at intimidating the tiger earns Pi a smack into the water with a paw. Panicked, Pi swims to his raft. After acquiring another turtle shell, Pi makes a second attempt, and a third and fourth with the same results as the first. He reasons that Richard Parker does not want to fight, just “make his point.” With a fifth shield, Pi is finally able to prevail.
Pi explains that the training of Richard Parker is a “simple necessity.” He no longer searches the horizon for a rescuer, but has accepted that he must survive on his own. Richard Parker has become Pi’s load in life and rather than being consumed by it (literally), Pi is drawing on his scientific knowledge and faith. It is as if his whole life has been preparation for his present situation.
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