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The bleak and somber aspect of the rocky landscape made the soldiers feel that life patjs was of little value, and so they won the battle easily. From my weakness I drew strength that never left me.

The location of the artillery park was in Albert. My irrevocable decision could wait.

The Garden of Forking Paths Quotes by Jorge Luis Borges

For path, you come horges this house; but in other possible pasts you are my enemy; in others my friend. Fang can kill the intruder, the intruder can kill Fang, both can be saved, both can die and so on and so on.

Albert may not be entirely trustworthy. I recall that I told the driver to stop short of the main entrance. I walked through the carriages. The elements of game play that Borges uses here are for the purpose of propelling the reader towards this exploration. Because the city was bombed the day before Yu Tsun makes his statement, he knows that his message had been received. Reading this story can show us our own linguistic and moral capacity.


Albert’s solution is that they are one and the same: He does not even use the word which means time. In the essay below, Yarrow examines the ways Borges forces his reader to notice the act of reading and inspire in the reader an appreciation for the aesthetic experience. Albert assumes that the Chinese man is there to view his garden. What increasing vagueness leads towards is exactly that bogres when no single interpretation is frking and possibility has re-established itself.

Absurd though the gesture was, I closed and locked the door. Rather, to be more accurate, he was obliged to be implacable. In the death of his father and subsequent financial difficulties forced Borges into accepting a position as a municipal librarian.

I thought of a maze of mazes, of a sinuous, ever growing maze which would take in both past and future and would somehow involve the stars. For an undetermined period of time I felt myself cut off from the world, an abstract spectator. Albert further explains that these constantly diverging paths do sometimes converge again, though as the result of a different chain of causes; for example, he says, in one possible time-line Doctor Tsun has come to his foriing as an enemy, in another as a friend.

In the almost unfathomable Ts’ui Pen, he chooses — simultaneously — all of them. Yu Tsun tries, by recalling his murder of Albert, to construct around the event a narrative that gives it the status of irrevocability all incidents seem restrospectively compelling and essential. There are those who find his work overly cerebral and erudite, too filled with esoteric allusions and philosophical argument to qualify as literature at all.


The story’s theme has been said to foreshadow the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. The phrase ‘to various future times, but not to all’ suggested the image of bifurcating in pqths, not in space. Experimental art also flourished in the form of dada and surrealism. In addition, the impersonal narrator mentions that the first two pages of the document are missing. Because the story is not only about time and mystery, but also about the making of fiction, it seems as if Borges is questioning the rules of fiction.

But they are also something else as Borges insinuates—the universe. I recalled, too, the night in the middle of The Thousand and One Nights when Queen Scheherezade, through a magical mistake on the part of her copyist, started to tell the story of The Thousand and One Nights, with boeges risk of again arriving at the night upon which she will relate it, and thus on to infinity.

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Yu Tsun, between nationalities, beliefs, and codes. He was, as I have said, remarkably tall. He opts for the single, deadly solution, though knowing, as his wry admission at the end makes clear, that it is forkkng really so simple. Here, as always in Borges, the topology is not realistic scene-setting but directions to a mental state.