Day 5 Summary
As he had come each morning since Santiago left, the boy comes to the old man’s home this morning. The weather is not good for fishing, so Manolin is free to spend his time with his mentor and friend. Santiago is sleeping, but the boy sees his mangled hands and cries as he goes to get him some coffee. As he passes the skiff, he sees a group of fishermen gathered around the carcass. One man is actually in the water measuring it: eighteen feet. They ask Manolin how Santiago is, and the boy says he is sleeping and must not be disturbed. The owner of the Terrace prepares some hot coffee for Manolin to take to the old man, and he praises Santiago’s amazing fish and congratulates the boy on his two fish caught yesterday. Manolin is angry at the praise for his fish. The owner of the Terrace sends his regrets to the old man.
Manolin keeps vigil near the old man, leaving only to find wood to build a small fire to reheat the coffee. Santiago’s first words are “They beat me.” The boy reminds him that the fish did not defeat him, even if...
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