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In Shawshank Redemption, how did Andy Dufresne dig a tunnel if there was a cell next to him. He had to go through it, yet he obviously didn't.

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Does anybody have a map of the prison? –  Firee Mar 21 at 9:05
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This question is based on faulty logic... –  Darrick Herwehe Mar 21 at 16:17
    
No, it's not. Your response is based on a faulty understanding of the prison layout. ;o) –  Johnny Bones May 27 at 22:23

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His cell was the last one on the row, so there was no cell next to his.

Edit: I should say, his cell was the last on the row and only had 1 adjacent cell to the left and he dug out a hole on the right wall.

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Andy, as both a model prisoner and a cog in the warden's money laundering scheme, was given 2 priveleges; the last cell on the end of the row (a coveted cell for Andy because of its distance from most activity, which made it quieter), and a cell of his own. You may recall that he didn't set out to dig a tunnel, it just started when a chunk of the wall fell out while he was etching on it.

As a result of his 2 privileges, he was able to dig a hole in the wall that led to the sewer pipe, and he was able to do it undetected since he didn't have a cellmate.

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I agree about the cell of his own, but was the cell at the end of the row really a privilege, and not just chance? –  Andrew Martin Mar 20 at 19:28
    
While I can't find any direct reference to it on the Internet, it was always my impression that Andy got that cell because he preferred a quiet environment. Don't forget, this was after he was raped by "The Sisters", and the warden had one of them summarily butt-whooped. In the book it states that he had a roommate for a short period of time, I recall. –  Johnny Bones Mar 20 at 19:36

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