In the famous story "Gimpel the Fool" by Isaac Bashevis Singer, a simple baker named Gimpel is continually harassed and ridiculed by the townspeople. Eventually, they persuade him to marry a prostitute who has many lovers and bears several children, none of whom are Gimpel's. On her deathbed, she confesses to Gimpel how she has deceived him. Later, the Spirit of Evil comes to Gimpel and persuades him to urinate on the dough so he can make the bread impure and get vengeance on all his enemies. After he has done this, Gimpel regrets his misdeed and destroys the bad bread. He then commences a journey and becomes a sort of holy wanderer.
The true fools in the story are the townspeople. For their own amusement, they ridicule and scorn a simple and honest man. They are willing to lead lives of bitterness, lies, and deceit, but in the end they are only deceiving themselves.
Gimpel, on the other...
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