Saturday, February 2, 2013

Something I Found Reading 'The Old Man and the Sea'

The bird looked at him when he spoke.  He was too tired even to examine the line and he teetered on it as his delicate feet gripped it fast.

'It's steady,' the old man told him.  'It's too steady.  You shouldn't be that tired after a windless night.  What are birds coming to?'

The hawks, he thought, that come out to sea to meet them.  But he said nothing of this to the bird who could not understand him anyway and would learn about the hawks soon enough.
                                                                                                    ~ Ernest Hemingway

Then it was quiet again.  My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process.  "What the hell are you yelling about?" he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses.  "Never mind," I said.  "It's your turn to drive."  I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway.  No point mentioning those bats, I thought.  The poor bastard will see them soon enough.
                                                                                                    ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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