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by Ernest Hemingway

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How did Santiago know that the fish was a marlin when it first began to nibble on the line?

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It's a burning hot day as Santiago puts his fishing lines deep into the dark blue water. From his vantage point on board his little boat the old man can see shoals of tuna feeding in the ocean. This is always a good sign for a fisherman, because where there's tuna, there's likely to be marlin lurking around as well.

Santiago wonders whether he should drift...

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