Why doesn’t Nunez marry Medina-sarote?

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Nunez has happened into a valley where everyone is blind. At first he thinks he’ll have an advantage over these people, but this turns out not to be the case. In fact, most of the authorities believe him to be crazy or insane. They determine that the cause of his mental problems are “those queer things that are called the eyes, and which exist to make an agreeable soft depression in the face.” A medical procedure could solve this issue: his eyes could be removed. In the meantime, Nunez has fallen in love with Medina-sarote, the youngest daughter of Yacob, the man who was assigned to be his master. Medina-sarote wants him to have the operation before they marry. Nunez loves her so much that he agrees, at first. But in the final scene of the story, Nunez decides instead to do his best to climb back out of the valley. Sight is too important a sense to give it up, even for love.

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