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The Secret Miracle

The Secret Miracle


by Jorge Luis Borges

The Secret Miracle: Quotes (What Was Said) True or False

1. What delay is the author referring to when he says, "That delay […] was caused by the administrative desire to work impersonally and deliberately, as vegetables do, or planets"? -> Waiting for an execution order
2. Fill in the blanks of Jaromir's prayer: "In order to complete that _________, which can justify me and justify Thee as well, I need one more _________." -> "Novel" and "anecdote"
3. What design is Jaromir referring to when he says, " He had intuitively hit upon the best way of hiding his shortcomings and giving full play to his strengths, the possibility of rescuing (albeit symbolically) that which was fundamental to his life"? -> Finishing his play
4. Who/what is making a "rhythmic and unanimous sound, punctuated by the barking of orders"? -> Vanguard of the Third Reich marching into town
5. What does Borges compare to a labyrinth when he writes, "Painstakingly, motionlessly, secretly, he forged in time his grand invisible labyrinth"? -> Jaromir's mind