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Don Quixote - Part 2, Chapter 51 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2, Chapter 51 Summary

Sancho is now tired and hungry. He is presented with a paradoxical problem. All travelers are allowed to pass a bridge as long as they tell the truth about their intentions; otherwise they will be hanged. A man comes up and tells that his intention is to be hanged. Therefore, if he is telling the truth, he must be hanged, which should not occur for truth-tellers, but if he is lying, he will be hanged, making the statement not a lie. Sancho deems that there is just as much reason to have the man live as to have him die, and therefore he should be allowed to cross freely without harm, since it is more prudent to go with mercy in such cases. He again impresses the steward, who thinks to himself that he is rather torn about getting rid of him as governor, as...

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