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Santiago describes the marlin as 'wonderful, strange, strong, wise, and calm "..... his fight has no panic in it." (pages 48 and 49) Santiago calls the marlin his brother, he sees him as a worthy opponent, and he cites that their futures have become linked, “Now we are joined together and have been since noon.”(Page 50)
As for Santiago, he describes himself as old, that his body betrays him. He describes himself as a brother to the fish, as honorable.
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