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What does the "he/him" refer to in "I'll try to get him to work far out" in The Old Man and the Sea?

The first sentence makes the situation clear, I think: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty ...
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What did Hemingway mean by "the setting of the sun is a difficult time for all fish"?

Taking the phrase literally, sunset is a difficult time because it is a change of environment. Species that are adapted to hunt their prey using the light of the sun can no longer do so; species that ...
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In "The Old Man and the Sea", what happened to the ridiculous fish?

The sharks ate almost all of it, leaving only the skeleton, head, and tail. Excerpt from the text (emphasis mine): One came, finally, against the head itself and he knew that it was over. He swung ...
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