Ernest Hemingway quote about sea from The Old Man and the Sea - The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean.
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The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean.
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

Context

“But most of the boats were silent except for the dip of the oars. They spread apart after they were out of the mouth of the harbour and each one headed for the part of the ocean where he hoped to find fish. The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean. He saw the phosphorescence of the Gulf weed in the water as he rowed over the part of the ocean that the fishermen called the great well because there was a sudden deep of seven hundred fathoms where all sorts of fish congregated because of the swirl the current made against the steep walls of the floor of the ocean.” source

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