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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

  

by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea Friendship Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Day.Paragraph). We artificially created chapters by defining "days," because there are no chapter breaks in The Old Man and the Sea. Here’s how we divided up the days:
  • Day 1 = the start of the book until the old man falls asleep for the night
  • Day 2 = begins when the old man wakes up and goes until sunrise of the next day
  • Day 3 = begins at sunrise and goes until the old man dreams about the lions
  • Day 4 = begins when the old man wakes and ends when the old man gets back to his shack for the night
  • Day 5 = begins with the boy seeing the old man in the morning and goes until the end of the book

Quote #1

"Santiago," the boy said to him as they climbed the bank from where the skiff was hauled up. "I could go with you again. We’ve made some money." (1.4)

Only the boy, not the narrator, refers to the old man by name. This suggests that the boy knows him in a way that few do.

Quote #2

The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him. (1.5)

Hemingway uses simplistic language to convey the strength of emotions.

Quote #3

"Yes," the old man said. He was holding his glass and thinking of many years ago.

"Can I go out to get sardines for you for tomorrow?"

"No. Go and play baseball. I can still row and Rogelio will throw the net."

"I would like to go. If I cannot fish with you. I would like to serve in some way." (1.17-1.20)

The boy’s love for the old man manifests itself in a desire to help him.

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