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This was a book I read in the early to mid 90's. I believe it was older than that though.
It was an allegorical (specifically a "Christian" allegory) story about a knight who was on a quest for something.
This knight was similar to a Spanish Conquistador and when he had a moral dilemma or a tough choice to make he would lower his metal helmet over his face and ask questions, and the echo of his question would bounce around and rearrange the words to form an answer to his question.
I remember thinking this book was hysterical and would love to find it again.

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Are you talking about Don Quixote? I haven't read it all. – Mark Rogers Feb 24 '11 at 21:28
I don't think so. I think this book was specifically targeted at young adults. – James P. Wright Feb 24 '11 at 21:34
The fantasy tag is banned on this site, notice that your question actually has epic-fantasy which doesn't apply to either of your questions. story-identification would be the proper tag. But is this actually a fantasy story? Your description makes it sound like it's a moral tale without any supernatural element. – user56 Feb 24 '11 at 21:35
You might want to look here to see if it's one of the books influenced by Don Quixote - – Christi May 30 '11 at 22:13
I immediately thought of Italo Calvino's Non-existent Knight (, but after reading your question in its entirety I no longer think it's that. I thought I would leave the link here anyway. – UncleZeiv May 31 '11 at 9:50

I think you're talking about "The Nonexistent Knight", the knight with the empty armor.

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Nope! But thanks for the suggestion. This book was specifically a comedic allegory and written for young adults. – James P. Wright Sep 5 '11 at 20:17

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