| Quote #7
"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 at first wants the boy to help him fight the fish.
| Quote #8
Then he said aloud, "I wish I had the boy. To help me and to see this." (2.87)
The old man later desires the boy’s presence because he wants someone to share experience with.
| Quote #9
No one should be alone in their old age, he thought. But it is unavoidable. I must remember to eat the tuna before he spoils in order to keep strong. Remember, no matter how little you want to, that you must eat him in the morning. Remember, he said to himself. (2.88)
The old man distracts himself from his solitude by focusing on the task at hand.