| Quote #13
Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behaviour and his great dignity. I do not understand these things, he thought. But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers. (3.108, 3.109)
The old man’s love for the fish is based on respect and admiration, just as the boy feels about him.
| Quote #14
He saw him first as a dark shadow that took so long to pass under the boat that he could not believe its length.
The old man respects the fish for his physical size.
| Quote #15
You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who. (4.56)
The old man’s respect for the marlin outweighs his desire to beat the fish.