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    Lets play judge and jury! :D

    A married couple live in a house on one side of a river. The wife has a lover who lives on the other side. The only way to get across the river is to walk across the bridge or to pay the boatman.

    The husband has to go on an overnight business trip to a faraway town. The wide pleads with him to take her with him. She knows if that he doesn't she will be unfaithful to him. The husband absolutely refuses to take her because she will only be in the way of his important business. So the husband goes alone.

    That night, the wife goes over the bridge and stays with her lover. Dawn is almost up when the wife leaves because she must be back home before her husband returns. She starts walking across the bridge but sees an assassin waiting for her on the other side. She knows if she tries to cross, he will murder her. In terror, she runs up the side of the river and asks the boatman to take her across the river, but he wants too much money. She doesn't have enough, so he refuses to take her.

    The wife runs back to the lover's house and explains her predicament and asks him to pay the boatman. The lover refuses, telling her it's her own fault for getting into this situation. As dawn comes up the wife decides to dash across the bridge. She comes face to face with the assassin and he kills her.




    How to do this test.

    Now give the names of the five characters in the order in which you think they were most responsible for the wife's death. i.e. The wife, husband, lover, assassin, and boatman in the order you think they are most guilty.



    Here's the key to this.

    Lover = sex
    Wife = fun (fun could also mean contentment)
    Assassin = money
    Boatman = magic (magic could also mean luck)
    Husband = love



    Each of the characters is a symbol for one aspect in your life, it reveals what's most important to you in your life. Therefore, if you thought that the lover was most responsible, then sex is the most important thing in your life. If you thought that the wife was second most responsible, then fun is the second most important thing in your life and so on


    my results were;
    husband=love
    boatman=magic
    wife= fun
    lover= sex
    assassin= money



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    This doesn't make any sense.

    Sex isn't the most important thing in my life.

    The person who could have saved the woman is the "lover." He was the only person who was told about the assassin. So, evidentally, he wanted the wife to be killed.

    I don't blame the husband. Not many people take their wives on business trips. The wife should have been honest with the husband from the start. The boatman, however, is simply a business man. Why should he lower his prices for her?

    The assassin, to me, is responsibility. I don't have any patience or sympathy for infidelitous acts.
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    my results

    wife, fun
    assassin, money
    lover,sex
    boatman, magic
    husband, love

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    Wife, Lover, Husband, Assassin, Boatman.

    I don't think that they symbolize those things at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slider View Post
    This doesn't make any sense.

    Sex isn't the most important thing in my life.

    The person who could have saved the woman is the "lover." He was the only person who was told about the assassin. So, evidentally, he wanted the wife to be killed.

    I don't blame the husband. Not many people take their wives on business trips. The wife should have been honest with the husband from the start. The boatman, however, is simply a business man. Why should he lower his prices for her?

    The assassin, to me, is responsibility. I don't have any patience or sympathy for infidelitous acts.

    the quiz doesnt lie!!!

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    So what you're saying is: Guns don't kill people: sex, money, magic, love and fun kill people.

    I would have to agree with that.
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    Husband, lover, assassin, wife, boatman.
    Love, sex, money, fun, magic.

    Husband comes first because it's obvious that he paid the assassin to kill his wife. The lover knew she was going to get killed and didn't care, so he was probably also in on the plot. Then the assassin who actually committed the murder. The boatman is the least guilty because he's not involved in these people's drama at all.

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    Deciding whether the husband or the assassin is more guilty is most difficult. For one thing, the husband kind of has an excuse unlike the assassin who just did it for money... but for another, he had a chance to take her with him and refused. and He had to have known what she would do if he didn't take her since he hired an assassin. Though, perhaps she had cheated on him before, and he suspected it, and he refused to take her because he set all of this up as a test to see if she would be faithful. Though, in the end, we can't say for sure whether the husband actually even hired the assassin. The assassin could have been hired by another person unrelated to this situation, or there may be a missing piece to the puzzle. so I say the Assassin who definitely killed her is most guilty.

    Money,Love,Fun,Sex,Magic

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    This is a short version of the story...it doesn't make much sense, where did the assassin come from? What about the boatman and his background? We need the entire story to make GOOD JUDGEMENT!

    But I've heard this story before and iirc this was how I ranked them...
    1. Assassin (Ultimately responsible for taking a life, decision was his)
    2. Wife (She got killed because she cheated on her husband, that was her choice and she was well aware of the consequences)
    3. Husband (He ordered the assassination if she were to cheat on him?)
    4. Lover (Refused to pay a few coins to save her life.)
    5. Boatman (He just wanted some love...or sex. Also, he ran a business after all.)

    With that said I don't blame the assassin, he's just a tool. Wife/Husband created the situation followed by the lover, then comes the boatman and lastly the assassin. I don't hate on the assassin =()

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    I would say Assassin, Wife, Lover, Boatman, Husband.

    Assassin first because, well, he killed her. That should be obvious. The wife second because she didn't have to go sleep with her lover, or go back across for that matter. She had a choice in the matter, and she chose suicide, basically, so, in that way, she's responsible for her own death. The lover is slightly responsible because although he knew the situation, he still refused to help her out, but that doesn't mean he's responsible, just immoral. The wife had the choice to stay or find another way to cross the river without getting killed. In my opinion, both the boatman and husband are equally innocent and had nothing to do with her death based only on what's given to us. Notice that it isn't stated in the story that the wife told the boatman about her situation. He had no way of knowing that if he didn't take her, she would essentially commit suicide. If he did, yes, his actions would be morally reprehensible, but again, it wouldn't be his fault.

    I save the husband for last. I think it's interesting that a few of you pegged him as the employer of the assassin, but there's absolutely no evidence for this in the story. The wife could have had political enemies, or a psycho ex-boyfriend, or what have you. Based on what's in the story, there's nothing to implicate him with, and unless someone ads something to the story, I'll assume he's completely innocent.

    I don't believe in the symbols either. Sorry.


 

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