When the boy returns, Santiago is still asleep. The boy wakes him up and offers the old man dinner that he bought at the Terrace. At first, the old man is reluctant to eat but his hunger soon convinces him otherwise. They briefly discuss baseball again, and Santiago touts the excellence of the Yankees with the leadership of DiMaggio over any other team in the American League, despite the fact that they lost today. He wishes he could bring DiMaggio fishing sometime, as he had heard that DiMaggio's father was a fisherman, too. They discuss who is the greater manager ever, and the boy concludes that though such a determination is difficult, there is no question that the old man is the greatest fisherman. Santiago insists there are better but does admit that he knows many tricks, has resolution, and is still strong. After dinner, the boy suggests that the old man should sleep in order to be well rested for the next day. Santiago promises to wake the boy in the morning, and they part.
After the boy leaves, the old man quickly falls asleep on the makeshift bed composed of only a blanket and his trousers rolled up as a pillow. He dreams of his experiences as a cabin boy on square-rigged ships that ran to Africa. He sees the long golden and white beaches, high capes, and great brown mountains. Every night he dreamed of the same moments, from the roar of the surf to the smell of the tar and oakum on deck. He saw large lions on the beaches and could smell the land breezes.
Santiago soon wakes with the moon still in the sky. Shivering from the morning cold, he walks down to wake the boy. They walk back to the old man's house, and despite the early hour the road is full of bare-footed men preparing their sails. After putting the gear in the boat, the two grab some coffee to help wake the still-sleepy boy. The boy leaves to fetch some sardines and bait for the old man, as the other fisherman he works for refuses to allow him to carry any of his precious gear. They walk down to the skiff and slide it into the water. Santiago embarks and rows out, as the boy leaves him with words of good luck.
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