Summary of Old Man and the Sea: Days Three, Four, and Five
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Day Three: The marlin surges and nearly pulls Santiago into the water. Realizing he must keep up his strength, Santiago eats some tuna from the day before. He laments the weakness of his own body but is strengthened by the food. He wishes the marlin could dine with him.
The fishing line cuts Santiago's hands. The struggle continues and Santiago voices his admiration for his worthy opponent. He thinks of Joe Dimaggio and his determination to keep playing despite bone spurs. He casts another line, catches a dolphin, clubs it, and saves it for a later meal. Santiago begins to worry that he will lose his mind if he does not sleep.
Day Four: The fish lurches forward and wakes Santiago who flies face forward into the dolphin he had caught the prior day. He painstakingly reels in the marlin, harpoons it, kills it, and straps it to the side of his skiff. He thinks of the money the fish will bring him at market.
Santiago sails home. A Mako shark arrives and takes a chunk of the marlin before receiving a harpoon to the head. The shark sinks and takes the harpoon with him. Santiago realizes he caught the fish for nothing as other sharks show up to get a bite of the marlin. As numerous sharks arrive, Santiago fights them, but to no avail. The marlin is devoured and Santiago realizes he had gone out too far.
He arrives to the harbor with only a skeleton to show for his work. He struggles to take his skiff to his shack. He finally arrives, exhausted, and sleeps.
Day Five: Manolin arrives at Santiago's shack and notifies him that the Coast Guard had been searching for him and that the marlin skeleton measures 18-feet. Manolin resolves to fish again with Santiago, regardless of what his parents think.