(20) The reader of part two of Don Quijote, with its powerfully emotive representation of the 1609 expulsion of the moriscos embodied in the character of Ricote, may well be even more cognizant of the artful inverisimilitude
of the episode's joyful denouement.
The words in question may be out of date according to some measures, yet they only create an atmosphere of inverisimilitude
insofar as one ignores the linguistic brio of the character as he has been conceived.
When Borges explains that he "situated it in India so that its inverisimilitude
could be tolerable," it remains ambiguous whether the lack of verisimilitude (were the story not set in India) would be intolerable to him (the author) or to the readers, and we may imagine this ambivalence as desirable.