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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Suffering Quotes

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Quote #19

He was stiff and sore now and his wounds and all of the strained parts of his body hurt with the cold of the night. I hope I do not have to fight again, he thought. I hope so much I do not have to fight again. (4.162)

The old man finally recognizes the enormity of his pain, but only once the fish is killed. This may be due to his pride in his battle with the fish.

Quote #20

He was asleep when the boy looked in the door in the morning. It was blowing so hard that the drifting-boats would not be going out and the boy had slept late and then come to the old man’s shack as he had come each morning. The boy saw that the old man was breathing and then he saw the old man’s hands and he started to cry. He went out very quietly to go to bring some coffee and all the way down the road he was crying. (5.1)

The old man’s physical pain becomes emotional pain for the boy.

Quote #21

As the boy went out the door and down the worn coral rock road he was crying again. (5.52)

The old man’s physical pain becomes emotional pain for the boy.

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