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The Old Man and the Sea - Summary The Old Man and the Sea is the story of an epic struggle between an old man and a big fish Santiago is the aged Cuban fisherman whose luck has left him For eighty-four days hes been unable to make a catch He is so conspicuously unlucky that the parents of his devoted apprentice and friend Manolin force the boy to leave the old man and go out in a different boat Still Santiago is confident that the streak will end Although he is no longer fishing with the old man Manolin continues to bring him food and baitfish This day Santiago takes his skiff out much farther than usual leaving behind the islands shallow coastal waters and venturing far into to Gulf Stream He prepares his lines and drops them At noon a big fish which he knows to be a marlin takes the bait at 100 fathoms The old man expertly hooks the fish but cannot pull it in Instead the fish begins to pull the boat Unable to simply tie the line fast to the boat for fear the fish will snap a taut line the old man bears the strain of the line with his shoulders back and hands--ready to give slack should the marlin make a run The fish pulls the boat all through the day through the night through the second day and through the second night It swims steadily northwest until at last it tires and swims east with the current Santiago endures constant pain from the fishing line Whenever the fish lunges leaps or makes a dash for freedom the cord cuts him badly As he struggles the old man feels a deep empathy and admiration for the marlin his brother in both suffering and resolve On the third day the fish tires and Santiago--sleep-deprived aching and weary manages to pull it in
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