Could you briefly summarize  “The Magic Barrel”?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A brief summary is as follows:

Leo Finkle is studying to be a rabbi. He decides he needs to get married, and consults a marriage broker named Pinye Salzman. The marriage broker sets him up with several women, but none are quite what he's claimed they are. Then Salzman includes a picture in the selection of women of his own daughter, then withdraws it, claiming it was included by accident and that she's too wild and shameful for a rabbi. Finkle falls for her, and insists on meeting her, but doesn't know if he was manipulated.


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