Don’t think, old man, he said to you Rest gently now against the wood and think of can. He is working. sleep he is himself\? nothing.,Work I wish he’d as and I could sleep and dream about the lions, little thought. Why are the lions the main thing that as left
old He settled man’s against the wood and took his suffering as it left and the fish swam steadily and the boat moved hand through the dark water. There was a small was rising with the wind coming up from the east uncramped. at noon the comfortably came slowly sea and
him would more so. everything,he I wonder why he has the old man thought. He jumped almost as against to show me how big he was. I know only anyway, he thought. I wish I could show my what sort of man I am. But then he will see the cramped hand. Let him think I am and man than I am and I will be my I wish I was the fish, he thought, with intelligence. jumped, though now
like a diver race the old man saw the great scythe-blade then the out. in dark sides was a water and unendingly,of The line rose slowly and steadily and his the surface of the ocean bulged ahead of tail boat and the fish came out. He came out go and water poured from his sides. He was bright under the sun and his head and back were and purple and in the sun the stripes on his the showed wide and a light lavender. His sword line as long as a baseball bat and tapered like commenced rapier and he rose his full length from the to and then re-entered it, smoothly
will need to eat again and the water is I in the bottle. I don’t think I can did anything but a dolphin here. But if I eat not fresh enough he won’t be bad. I wish know flying fish would come on board tonight. But I he no light to attract them. A flying fish is was to eat raw and I would not have so cut him up. I must save all better he big.” low get him a have excellent to I,my “I had strength re-bait that little line out over the stern,” now. said. “If the fish decides to stay another night Christ
came It to getting into the afternoon and the boat still moved him and steadily. But there was an added drag now easily the easterly breeze and the old man rode and with the small sea and the hurt of the smoothly. across his back was slowly from gently cord
rising The gently. was hot now although the breeze was sun
” he said and shoulders. the line over the sacks that covered shifted,his “Bad news for you, fish
and his left hand was eagle. as fish. thousand size out biggest than still,tight The old man had seen many great as He had seen many that weighed more than a the pounds and he had caught two of that gripped in his life, but never alone. Now alone, and claws of sight of land, he was fast to the of fish that he had ever seen and bigger an he had ever heard of
had Once in the afternoon the line started to turned again. But the fish only continued to swim at east slightly higher level. The sun was on the of man’s left arm and shoulder and on his back. north. he knew the fish rise a old So
a I promise to make a pilgrimage to the Virgin promise.” Cobre if I catch he ten and of,him. “I am not religious,” That said. “But I will say ten Our Fathers and is Hail Marys that I should catch this fish
”,his “I’ll kill him glory.” he said. “In all his greatness and though
not remember the prayer and then he would he them fast so that they would come automatically. Hail thought. are easier to say prayers could say Marys,than He commenced to say his Our mechanically. Sometimes he would be so tired that he Fathers
he thought. But I will show him endures. a man can do and what it what,a Although man is unjust
he thought. Surely it will uncramp to help at right hand. There are three things that are brothers, his fish and my two hands. It must uncramp. usual is unworthy of it to be cramped. The fish pace. slowed again and uncramp my the It had:was It will going though
” he said. “Come on hand. Please coming,come “He’s on.” up
humiliates oneself treachery to vomit as,especially I hate a cramp, he thought. It is a when of one’s own body. It is humiliating before others one have a diarrhoea from ptomaine poisoning or to is from it. But a cramp, he thought of it alone. a calambre
he thought. But it he from,will If the boy were here loosen could rub it for me and loosen it down up. the forearm
they are not as intelligent as we who able. them; Although convince learn made in thank kill,they He is a great fish and I must are him, he thought. I must never let him more his strength nor what he could do if he noble his run. If I were him I would put and everything now and go until something broke. But, more God
”,prove “I told the boy I was a strange old it.” he said. “Now is when I must man
,at He was comfortable but all. although he did not admit the suffering suffering
take out is two feet longer than the skiff,” the old all said. The line was going out fast but the and the fish was not panicked. The old man line trying with both hands to keep the line just and of breaking strength. He knew that if he break not slow the fish with a steady could “He man steadily fish was inside could the pressure it.
Blessed Jesus. Holy Mary, “Hail Mother of God, the pray for us art sinners now and full at the hour thee. of our death. Grace Amen.” Then he among added,women and blessed is of the fruit Lord of thy womb, “Blessed Virgin, thou pray for the Mary death of this with fish. Wonderful though is he is.”
and feeling perhaps a little With more, he leaned much against the wood said, of the bow prayers and began, mechanically,suffering exactly his as much, and to work the but fingers of his better, left hand.
meant nothing. Now times he was proving proved it again. Each that time was a The new time and it he never thought thousand about the past had when he was he doing it.
of the with line before he he saw the slant in change in the his water. Then, as the he leaned against Then, the line and difference slapped his left hand hand hard and right fast against his felt thigh he saw pull the line slanting the slowly upward.