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.

  • Does anybody have a map of the prison? – Firee Mar 21 '14 at 9:05
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    This question is based on faulty logic... – Darrick Herwehe Mar 21 '14 at 16:17
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    No, it's not. Your response is based on a faulty understanding of the prison layout. ;o) – Johnny Bones May 27 '14 at 22:23

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 '14 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 '14 at 19:36
  • I don't think any of the prisoners is shown to share a cell. – mgarciaisaia Feb 6 '17 at 5:24

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