What good luck did the old man have? Why is it referred to as ‘good luck’?

QuestionsWhat good luck did the old man have? Why is it referred to as ‘good luck’?
Subir Das Roy asked 6 months ago

What ‘good luck’ did the old man have, as the narrator mentions at the end of the story “Old Man at the Bridge” by Earnest Hemingway? Why are those mentioned as ‘good luck’?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 6 months ago

As the narrator mentions, all the good luck that the old man had were that —

  • The enemy planes were not up in the sky due to the overcast weather conditions. So there probably was no chance of bombing.
  • Cats know how to look after themselves, so the old man’s cat would probably have no trouble to take care of itself.

Those are referred to as the only ‘good luck’ for the man, because everything else was unfavourable to him, as he was too old and too tired to walk further when the enemy forces were approaching the place.

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