The Old Man and the Sea

Why does he lie about having food and starting a fire?

Why does Santiago lie about having food and strating a fire?

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This is a ritual the Old Man and Manolin go through. Santiago offers food and Manolin declines. Manolin offers to start a fire and Santiago declines. They both know that Santiago has no food but Manolin does not want to embarrass the old man.