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In The Old Man and the Sea, what does Santiago mean when he says that the light brisa will make better weather for him than the fish?

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In the classic short novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, an old fisherman named Santiago has gone many days without catching anything and so is considered unlucky. He goes far out onto the ocean and hooks a huge marlin. He becomes determined to bring him in no matter how long it takes and how much discomfort and pain he experiences.

On the second day after he hooks the great fish, Santiago is analyzing the weather. He notes that clouds are building up. He considers that he is out during the hurricane months, but it's possible to see the signs of hurricanes days in advance and there are none coming soon. Otherwise, he realizes that hurricane season has the best weather of the year. He notes the white clumps of cumulus clouds, the feathery cirrus clouds, and the light brisa, or breeze, and realizes that the weather will be fine.

Santiago makes the comment that the weather is better for him than for the fish because he will have good weather while he patiently waits for the fish...

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