Ernest Hemingway quote about sea from The Old Man and the Sea - Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?
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Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

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“He was sorry for the birds, especially the small delicate dark terns that were always flying and looking and almost never finding, and he thought, "The birds have a harder life than we do except for the robber birds and the heavy strong ones. Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea."
He always thought of the sea as la mar which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her.” source

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