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by Ernest Hemingway

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How do the tourists in The Old Man and the Sea respond to Santiago’s catch? Does their opinion matter? Why or why not?

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In the final pages of The Old Man and the Sea , after Santiago, the aged fisherman, has returned from his epic battle to catch a giant marlin—which was then nearly devoured by sharks—and left the remains of carcass strapped to his boat. A woman tourist, sitting at a nearby cafe, catches sight of the immense spine and tail of the marlin, and asks a waiter what kind of fish it might be....

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