Gimpel the Fool


Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The Washtub, Uncleanliness, and Washing

When Gimpel firsts meets his future wife, Elka, she is standing by a washtub, and he comes to associate her with that object, envisioning her beside it years after she has died. The washtub…

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The Town of Frampol

The town of Frampol is the setting of “Gimpel the Fool,” but it also functions as an important symbol in the story of the limitations of our small earthly lives compared to the life to…

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