Carefully Think of Solutions

Carefully think of solutions to the problems you face.

Once in a small village, there was a farmer who owed a large sum of money to a very ugly, old man. The farmer had a very pretty daughter that the old lender was sweet on, so the lender proposed a deal. He said he would erase the debt if he could marry the man’s daughter. 

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified about this proposition. So the lender suggested that chance should determine the outcome of his proposition. 

He told them he would put two pebbles, one black and one white, in an empty money bag. The daughter would pick, without looking, one of the two pebbles. The old lender was excited about the possibilities:

1.)    If she picks a black pebble, she must marry me; and her father’s debt is eliminated…
2.)    If she picks the white pebble, she doesn’t hae to marry me and the debt is also eliminated…
3.)    If she refuses to pick a pebble, her father will go to jail. 

This discussion was taking place on the roar in front of the farmer’s house and the raod was paved with pebbles. While speaking, the old lender leaned forward and picked up two pebbles. As he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them in the money bag. But, she said nothing.

The old lender asked the daughter to pick a pebble out of the bag. The daughter had three choices:

  1. Refuse to pick a pebble and her father goes to jail
  2. Pick out both pebbles and reveal that the old lender cheated
  3. Pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself by marrying the old man and save her father from imprisonment.

What would you suggest she do? 

The young woman plunged her had into the bag, picked a pebble, and clumsily, dropped it on the ground before it could be determined whether it was balck or white. The pebble fell among other pebbles on the ground.

“Oh, no! I am so clumsy,” said the young woman. “Wait,” she continued, “if I remove the other pebble from the bag,we will know which pebble I had picked first. Since the second pebble was black, the first had to have been white, right?”

The old lender didn’t dare acknowledge his cheating.

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