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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 Luck Quotes

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Quote #1

"Eighty-five is a lucky number," the old man said. "How would you like to see me bring one in that dressed out over a thousand pounds?" (1.52)

The old man’s prediction does eventually come true – before it goes horribly wrong. Does this confirm or reject his claim that eighty-five is lucky?

Quote #2

"Good luck old man." "Good luck," the old man said. (2.18-2.19)

The old man and the boy discuss luck just before Santiago leaves for the day, setting an overtone of superstition for the following events.

Quote #3

But, he thought, I keep them with precision. Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready. (2.29)

Despite his belief in luck, the old man values skill above it.

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