| Quote #10
"I wish I had the boy" the old man said aloud. "I’m being towed by a fish and I’m the towing bitt. I could make the line fast. But then he could break it. I must hold him all I can and give him line when he must have it. Thank God he is travelling and not going down." (2.77)
The old man’s feelings for the boy are based on the boy’s helpfulness and assistance.
| Quote #11
Then he said aloud, "I wish I had the boy. To help me and to see this." (2.87)
The old man’s feelings for the boy are based on companionship.
| Quote #12
His choice had been to stay in the deep dark water far out beyond all snares and traps and treacheries. My choice was to go there to find him beyond all people. Beyond all people in the world. Now we are joined together and have been since noon. And no one to help either one of us. (2.96)
The old man and the fish necessarily have companionship because of their mutual isolation from the world.