The Old Man and the Sea

How does Santiago justify his habit of talking out loud?

What did he say exactly?

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Santiago started talking aloud after the boy Manolin stopped fishing with him. Although it most fishermen talk when necessary, Santiago affords himself this luxury because nobody is around to bother. He is also called crazy by others so he might as well talk to himself.

It is mostly Santiago's internal dialogue that he speaks. He says things like "this fish will make a good bait."