# The Analytical Mind

Many years ago in a small Chinese village, a villager had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the local moneylender. The moneylender , who was old and ugly, fancied the villager’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the villager’s debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the poor villager and his daughter were horrified by the Proposal.

So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let luck decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black stone and a white stone into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one stone from the bag.

1) If she picked the black stone, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven.

2) If she picked the white stone she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven.

3) But if she refused to pick a stone, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing in a place which was full of black and white stones. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two stones. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two Black stones and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a stone from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

### 85 Responses to The Analytical Mind

1. sani jahun August 3, 2015 at 5:09 PM #

Let her pick the stone and cover it completily while bringing her hand out of the Bag and at same time let it fall on the ground… Wisdom since what she picked has mixed with stones on the ground people should jugde from the one in the Bag seeing black stone will pass her,that she picked the white STONE

2. Abdul Rahman Khan December 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

I will tell to pick the stones to money lender but the condition is if money lender picks white stone then I (girl) will marry and my fathers debt should be forgive and if you(money lender) picks black stone then I(girl) will not marry you(money lender) and his fathers debt no need to forgive..

• Abdul Rahman Khan December 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM #

I will tell to pick the stones to money lender but the condition is if money lender picks white stone then I (girl) will marry and my fathers debt no need to forgive and if you(money lender) picks black stone then I(girl) will not marry you(money lender) and his fathers debt should be forgive..

• Abdul Rahman Khan December 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM #

above answer. Small mistake happend in my above answer.now I am correcting that one.
I will tell to pick the stones to money lender but the condition is if money lender picks white stone then I (girl) will marry and my fathers debt no need to forgive and if you(money lender) picks black stone then I(girl) will not marry you(money lender) and his fathers debt should be forgive..

3. hani December 20, 2014 at 5:07 PM #

let her just marry the guy and finish this issue
no stones no bags cz she ll have to marry him no matrer wht :)))

4. Maaham November 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM #

She should pick a stone and then drop it. Then she should ask the money-lender to look in the bag to see which stone is left. Since it will be black, she can claim that she picked the white one and the money-lender will not want to expose his cheating.

• Kamran February 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

Maham answer is very good . She is genius one.

5. Shaikh Mohammed Waseem May 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

She should accept the challenge with the condition that the lender should do the picking and if it is white she will marry him.

What u sow so shall u reap

6. Shaikh Mohammed Waseem May 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

She should accept the challenge with the condition that the lender should do the picking and if it is white she will marry him.

7. PRAKASH H S May 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM #

Being intelligent girl,she will pick up one stone from bag&throw far away.Well,she can always take out stone inside ti inform thrown stone is white

8. Mohammad Mansour April 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM #

Best Regards

9. araz November 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM #

She has to say: let us just change the color, black should mean that she has not to marry him and her fathers dep not remained instead of white.

10. Omar November 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM #

I will give her Shakeel’s answer. Thus let him pick up twice and if he gets a white stone he’ll not only marry her, but also get his money back from her father =). Excellent job Shakeel ~

11. ranailyas November 1, 2013 at 6:49 PM #

she must pick two stones from bag and ask the ugly man..
you are cheater.

12. Malik Saeed November 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

Ariel and Shakeel idea is correct by which money lender will not only loose but also girl will be saved and her father will not be jailed. Thanks

13. Mohsen October 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

The girl should suggesting another condition .If he is sheating.Her father must be free from this deal.Then the girl must peck the two stones together

14. Ariel October 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

I would advice the girl just pick one stone inside the bag and deliberately throw or toss the stone on the ground. And so in order to know what kind of color is that stone that she had thrown, they just need to check the remaining one which was still inside the bag. And by that the remaining one is black, the Money Lender will then agree because that’s the agreement and he is the one who pick-up the two stone and for sure he will not say that he had pick two black stone.

15. Nizamuddin Danwer October 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

As the moneylander is cheater he must be paid in same currency.Ask the girl to pick a white stone cleverly hiding in hand saying agree for the deal , put his hand in the bag & produce white stone.

16. Shakeel October 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM #

The girl should tell the money lender that he should try the same thing .. And she will give him two chances .. If he picks a white stone , he can not only marry her but her father will still have to pay the loan !!

17. Imraan Khan September 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM #

Don’t borry money if you can’t payback.

18. Asif June 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM #

I would ask the girl, If the ugly guy pick the white stone from tha bag then she would marry him.

19. hatem hassan May 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM #

1- she’ll pick one from the bag (closing her hand and not showing it to them
2- show them the remaining one in the bag ( which is black )
3- then they’ll think she picked the white one

20. ode May 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM #

I will advise to go ahead and pick a stone from the bag and drop it before opening my hand. The one inside the bag will show which one she picked, which would hav been the white and she and her father will be free!

21. hilo May 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM #

i would pick one and pretend that it fell then i would say that the stone in the bag is the one that i never picked which means it would be th eblack which meant i picked the white!
what do you think of that sara?

22. S.M.Miqdad Saqlain April 19, 2012 at 7:24 AM #

she should have to pick both stone from the bag

23. sahar April 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM #

I think she should pick a stone from the bag and pretend to drop it. Surely they can not find it between a lot of stone on the ground. Then she will say I am sorry but it is not problem we can see inside the bag, if it was white it means that I had picked up the black one and vise versa

24. Shahbaz April 18, 2012 at 10:36 AM #

I think she should marry moneylender…and pick-up the black stone…..after-all he is willing to marry pretty girl

25. Ibrahim April 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM #

The girl should pretend not seeing him (Money lender) and pick the two stones out of the bag to show that the man is cheat on the game, for him to make the game – Head or Tail the girl loses.