The Old Man and the Sea
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There was no cast net and the boy remembered when they had sold it. But they went through this fiction every day. There was no pot of yellow rice and fish and the boy knew this too. (1.59)
Santiago does not live in a normal world of food and rest.
"I’m not very hungry."
"Come on and eat. You can’t fish and not eat."
"I have," the old man said getting up and taking the newspaper and folding it. Then he started to fold the blanket. (1.92-1.94)
The old man is almost supernatural in his ability to work without food.
The old man drank his coffee slowly. It was all he would have all day and he knew that he should take it. For a long time now eating had bored him and he never carried a lunch. He had a bottle of water in the bow of the skiff and that was all he needed for the day. (2.16)
Eating holds no pleasure for the old man. It is only a means to an end.