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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEAERNEST HEMINGWAYHe was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and hehad gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.In the firstforty days a boy had been with him.But after forty days without afish the boy's parents had told him that the old man was now definitelyand finally _salao_, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boyhad gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fishthe first week.It made the boy sad to see the old man come in eachday with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carryeither the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that wasfurled around the mast.The sail was patched with flour sacks and,furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of hisneck.The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun bringsfrom its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks.The blotchesran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creasedscars from handling heavy fish on the cords.But none of these scarswere fresh.They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the samecolor as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated."Santiago," the boy said to him as they climbed the bank from where theskiff was hauled up."I could go with you again.We've made somemoney."The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him."No," the old man said."You're with a lucky boat.Stay with them.""But remember how you went eighty-seven days without fish and then wecaught big ones every day for three weeks.""I remember," the old man said."I know you did not leave me becauseyou doubted.""It was papa made me leave.I am a boy and I must obey him.""I know," the old man said."It is quite normal.""He hasn't much faith.""No," the old man said."But we have.Haven't we?""Yes," the boy said."Can I offer you a beer on the Terrace and then
we'll take the stuff home.""Why not?" the old man said."Between fishermen."They sat on the Terrace and many of the fishermen made fun of the oldman and he was not angry.Others, of the older fishermen, looked athim and were sad.But they did not show it and they spoke politelyabout the current and the depths they had drifted their lines at andthe steady good weather and of what they had seen.The successfulfishermen of that day were already in and had butchered their marlinout and carried them laid full length across two planks, with two menstaggering at the end of each plank, to the fish house where theywaited for the ice truck to carry them to the market in Havana.Thosewho had caught sharks had taken them to the shark factory on the otherside of the cove where they were hoisted on a block and tackle, theirlivers removed, their fins cut off and their hides skinned out andtheir flesh cut into strips for salting.

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jhon
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