A Dilemma–What Would YOU Do?

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What follows is a story that you will be asked to finish. We present the characters and the final scene is set – but – how does it end? That’s what you tell me!

QuestionHere is the story. An old farmer has borrowed a lot of money from an unscrupulous money lender, and has been unable to repay the debt. The farmer has an attractive daughter, and the money lender wants her hand in marriage – so far neither the farmer nor the daughter are willing to agree.

The money lender suggests that they let ‘chance’ determine the outcome. He will place two pebbles in a sack –one white, one black – and the daughter picks one without looking.

If she picks the white one then her father’s debt will be eliminated and she will not have to marry him. If she selects the black one then again the father’s debt will disappear, though this time she will have to agree to marry the money lender. If she refuses to select a pebble then the money lender will exercise his rights under law, and her father will be imprisoned for not paying his debts.

They have no real choice, so they agree. The path outside the farmer’s house is covered in pebbles, so the money lender bends down and picks up two, and places them in the bag. The daughter notices that he has picked up two black pebbles!

You are now going to finish this little story – if you were the daughter, what would you do? You can’t not pick a pebble from the bag, and yet you know that there are only black pebbles in the bag – there seems to be only one possible outcome!

Leave your ending in a comment, and next week I’ll give you the answer my wife gave when she first heard the story. (And to be fair, you only have the same 2 seconds to think that she needed!)

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