The Old Man and the Sea
"Thank you," the old man said. He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility. But he knew he had attained it and he knew it was not disgraceful and it carried no loss of true pride. (1.36)
"Who gave this to you?"
"Martin. The owner." "I must thank him."
"I thanked him already," the boy said. "You don’t need to thank him." "I’ll give him the belly meat of a big fish," the old man said. "Has he done this for us more than once?"
"I think so."
"I must give him something more than the belly meat then. He is very thoughtful for us." (1.99-1.105)
"And the best fisherman is you."
"No. I know others better." (1.134, 1.135)