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In Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya defends the assertion, "for in much wisdom there is much grief, and increase of knowledge is increase of sorrow," in Ecclesiastes. Tony suffers many trials through the book, thus raising his understanding of life but also increasing his grief and despair. After witnessing Lupito's death, Tony realizes that individuals aren't always what they appear to be. Tony also begins to question his religion due to trials from the publication, some of which comprise Lucas' treatment and the intrusion of the golden carp. In his trek through the blizzard, Tony learns of his brother's sinful doings and that he witnesses the death of a great man. Tony profits much wisdom in these scenes, but, sadly, with this knowledge comes grief. Lupito's death marks the very first scene in the novel in which Tony's despair is an immediate result of his knowledge. Tony's naiveté causes him to take people at their face value, not recognizing that they might not be as they look. Narciso is the town drunk, but however he is the only person on the bridge that preserves his ordinary sense. ``'I.. .