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Reb Gimpel is the main character in Isaac Bashevis Singers Gimpel the Fool The reader obtains information about Gimpels character and personality by not only what he says or does but by what others say about him as well The majority of the townspeople like to tease Gimpel and tell him stories that are not anywhere near to the truth Due to the fact that Gimpel believes all of this information everyone makes a fool of him whenever possible When Gimpel informs the reader that he does nothing to stop the teasing and tormenting it just goes to show how gullible Gimpel really is The many instances that show Gimpels gullibility include his marriage to Elka and the birth of her children when Gimpel came upon his wife with the apprentice and the remarks of all the people in town One of the main occurrences that show Gimpels gullibility to the reader is when he marries Elka He is aware that Elka is known as a whore Yet when she does not respond to the question he asks about her reputation he pays no mind and marries her anyway Not four months after the marriage she had given birth to a baby boy When Gimpel asked Elka whos child it was she argued the fact that it was his She explained the fact that her grandmother just carried a short time as well He did not believe her until the next day when he talked to the schoolmaster It was he who told Gimpel the very same thing had happened to Adam and Eve Two they went up to bed and four they descended 102 Thus Gimpel gave in to the persuading evidence and believed his wife Another equally demonstrative incident is when Gimpel finds his wife in bed with the apprentice After the Rabbis all agreed that Gimpel could return home he decided to go to work and go back home that evening
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