What are the old man's two pieces of luck?

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At the end of the story, the narrator explains that "There was nothing to do about [the old man]" on the bridge. He has tried to encourage the old man to get off the bridge and walk toward where he might find some assistance, but the old man has run out of energy and cannot bring himself to walk farther on. The old man only seems to worry about his animals, the ones he had to leave behind when he was evacuated, and not at all about himself. He says that, because he knows no one in Barcelona, it will not help him to walk in the direction of the trucks that way, and he doesn't seem to realize how much his own life is in danger. Any place would be better than the one he's in.

The narrator says that it was a "gray, overcast day with a low ceiling," and so the Fascists' planes were not up in the sky. "That and the fact that cats know how to look after themselves was all the good luck that old man would ever have." The two pieces of luck, then, are that the enemy planes aren't flying yet—and...

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