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Read the following excerpt from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

     "He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.  In the first forty days a boy had been with him.  But after forty days without a fish the boy's parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst for of unlucky, and the had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week.  It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast.  The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.
     The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck.  The brown blotches of the benevolent skin caner the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks.  The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords.  But none of these scars were fresh.  The were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.
      Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.
     "Santiago," the boy said to him as they climbed the band from where the skiff was hauled up.  "I could go with you again.  We've made some money."
     The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him.
    "No," the old man said.  "You're with a lucky boat.  Stay with them."
     "But remember how you went eighty-seven days without fish and then we caught big ones every day for three weeks."
     "I remember," the old man said.  "I know you did not leave me because you doubted."
     "It was papa made me leave.  I am a boy and I must obey him."
     "I know," the old man said.  "It is quite normal."
     "He hasn't much faith."
     "No," the old man said.  "But we have.  Haven't we?
     "Yes," the boy said.  "Can I offer you a beer on the Terrace then we'll take the stuff home."
     "Why not?" the old man said.  "Between fishermen."
     They sat on the Terrace and many of the fishermen made fun of the old man and he was not angry.  Others, of the older fishermen, looked at him and were sad.  But they did not show it and they spoke politely about the current and the depths they had drifted their lines at and the steady good weather and of what they had seen.  The successful fishermen of the day were already in and had butchered their marlin out and carried them laid full length across two planks, with two staggering at the end of each plank, to the fish house where they waited for the ice truck to carry them to market in Havana.  Those who had caught sharks had taken them to the shark factory on the other side of the cove where they were hoisted on a block and tackle, their livers removed, their fins cut off and their hides skinned out and their fish cut into strips for salting."

Evaluation Question
What is the old man like?  Use quotes from the text to support you description.