"He was an old man who fished alone in the Gulf Stream and he had gone 84 days now without taking a fish. In the first 40 days, a boy had been with him. But after 40 days without a fish the boy's parents told him the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone on their orders which caught three good fish the first week" (Hemingway 10).
"It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast" (Hemingway 10). However, the old man continued to fish every day, until..
Marvelous! ""You're feeling it now, fish," he said. "And so, God knows, am I"" (Hemingway 33).
Finally! "I think that the great DiMaggio would be proud of me today. I had no bone spurs. But the hands and the back hurt truly" (Hemingway 54).
"The shark closed fast astern and when he hit the fish the old man saw his mouth open and his strange eyes and the clicking chop of the teeth as he drove forward into the meat just above the tail" (Hemingway 54).
The old man went to bed that night dreaming of Lions.
"It is easy when you are beaten. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, he thought" (Hemingway 66).