The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea Day Five Summary
- The boy finds the old man asleep the next morning and, seeing his hands, starts to cry. And cry.
- Everyone (the fishermen) is on the beach, measuring the eighteen-foot skeleton.
- We find out in conversation that the boy took "two fine fish" the day before. But he doesn’t want to talk about his fish.
- The boy brings coffee to the old man, who says, "They beat me." Not the fish, he says, but "afterwards."
- They searched for him while he was gone, it turns out.
- The old man likes having someone to talk to.
- The old man doesn’t want the boy to fish with him, since he (the old man) is unlucky.
- Screw luck, says the boy.
- They decide the old man needs to heal himself before he falls apart at the seams.
- He asks for the newspapers from the days he was gone.
- The old man insists on giving the head of the fish (all that’s left) to Pedrico, the guy who gave them food at the beginning of the story.
- Some silly tourists ask about the skeleton, which is now garbage at the edge of the sea. They misunderstand the answer, thinking it's a shark. Oh, the irony.
- And the old man? The old man is dreaming about the lions.
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