I'm sure this has been done here, but not while I've been here, and it's always a fun debate.
Everyone has heard the story about the Wife, the Husband, the Lover, the Assassin and the Boatman. In case you haven't, or if you're fuzzy on it, I'll repeat (doing this from memory):
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 wife 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.
So in order out of the 5 characters - Husband, Wife, Lover, Assassin, Boatman - who is most to least responsible for the wife's death?
There is a little 'psych test' that's supposed to go with it; each of the 5 characters represent something and the order you list them is supposed to be the order of importance of those things in your life.
After you've chosen your order, highlight below to see what each represents:
Lover = Sex
Wife = Fun (could also mean contentment)
Assassin = Money
Boatman = Magic (could also mean luck)
Husband = Love
I don't actually think it is accurate, however it's always interesting to see people's reasoning for who's most and least responsible.
Most people put the wife 1st or 2nd it seems (myself included), like the bitch got what she deserved for cheating and for risking her life to cover her cheating.
Okay, what if she wasn't cheating-- let's say she went to the store to get food for dinner.
She has a kid at home (who is old enough to stay home a couple of hours, but not by himself overnight). She's rushing to get back to him.
Instead of the lover, it's a store merchant that refused to help her, loan her money or exchange the food to give her money back.
Okay-- is the wife still up at the #1 or #2 spot if she's a faithful wife & good mother?
Peace, and all that jazz...
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