this is about the fish the old man caught we he went out fishing on his 85th day
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I don't have the text in front of me, but I know that the fish needs to jump in order to take in air, without enough air he cannot dive deeply. The man doesn't want to the fish to jump or to die.......... he wants him to circle so he can physically wear him out.
The Old Man and the Sea
Okay, I found the entire quote on page 24, but I couldn't tell you why "filling the sacks along his backbone with air" would keep the fish from diving deep to die. Leave your other capsule open so someone else can chime in.........