The Old Man and the Sea


What simile does the author use to describe the thickness of the old man's fishing line?

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Each line, as thick around as a big pencil, was looped onto a green-sapped stick so that any pull or touch on the bait would make the stick dip and each line had two forty-fathom coils which could be made fast to the other spare coils so that, if it were necessary, a fish could take out over three hundred fathoms of line.


The Old Man and the Sea