The life-saving man is the person who notices the four shipwreck survivors swimming toward the shore. After saving the cook, he tries to help the captain, who points him toward the correspondent first. He is also the first person to discover that the oiler drowned. The only time he speaks is to exclaim “What’s that?” at the sight of the oiler lying face-down in the shallow water. The life-saving man is completely naked and shines “like a saint” with a “halo” above his head—praised by the narrator and characters for how he goes out of his way to help other people.
Life-saving man Quotes in The Open Boat
The The Open Boat quotes below are all either spoken by Life-saving man or refer to Life-saving man. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Thrift Editions edition of The Open Boat published in 1993.).
Life-saving man Character Timeline in The Open Boat
The timeline below shows where the character Life-saving man appears in The Open Boat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.