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Upon my first reading of Jorge Luis Borges Death and the Compass I found myself reacting to the chain of events not unlike the bland but efficient Inspector Treviranus The Hotel du Nord with its hateful whiteness numbered divisibility and general appearance of a bordello seemed a natural place for a crime of greed and betrayal to have gone sour on a luckless criminal The lure of priceless sapphires and mistaken destination was more than enough to recreate the crime that had taken place Inspector Lonnot who believed himself a man of pure reason chose to ignore all the reasonable signs and formulate his hypotheses based on a desire to uncover some devious unholy plot of murder and deception Both of us had no idea of the chain of events that was about to follow Before discovering of the unfinished sentence Lonnot believed that Doctor Yarmolinsky and his books were somehow part of the plot and also the of solution to this grisly murder The first letter of the Name has been uttered was the doorway that led Inspector Lonnot into the Labyrinth from which he never emerges The skill and subtlety in which the entrance is disguised is a combination of chance and cunning The discovery of the sentence in the typewriter gave Lonnot a feeling of validation and set him irreversibly on the path to his own demiseLonnot dedicated himself to studying the books and reasoned that the Hasidim belief in the Absolute Name of God was at the root of the crime At this point in the story one gets the feeling the Lonnot almost becomes seduced with the thought of having the immediate knowledge of all things that will be Avoiding his unreasonable thoughts by studying the names of God with the belief that this would lead him to the name of the murder This is further evidenced by the encounter with the editor of the Yidische Zaitung in which the
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