When the Old Man gets his boat on the shore, he must carry the mast himself because everyone is asleep. He must rest several times and this seems to be an allusion Christ carrying his own cross. The Old Man must therefore, bear the mast; analogously, a symbol of his triumph and defeat.
Manolin arrives at Santiago's home in the morning. Seeing Santiago's wounded hands, Manolin begins to cry. He goes to get coffee. Others see the remains of the fish's carcass; word has spread about how large the fish must have been. Manolin decides to start fishing with Santiago again. Santiago tells him no, that he is unlucky. Manolin replies, "The hell with luck" and adds that he will bring luck with him.
Manolin and Santiago talk about future plans. Manolin directs Santiago to heal his hands and his chest. Manolin does not let Santiago see him cry. Manolin comforts Santiago by concentrating on their future together:
You must get well fast for there is much that I can learn and you can teach me everything.
Despite Santiago's triumph/defeat, Manolin gives the Old Man a renewed sense of purpose as his mentor/teacher.