The Analytical Mind

stonesMany 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?

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85 Responses to The Analytical Mind

  1. Alex Tan April 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM #


  2. Asif Gulzar April 15, 2012 at 2:52 AM #

    She should show his cheating. But first of all she should say i want to see u have placed both stone and if find any cheating i ll be free

  3. sabastian April 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM #

    she should take out a stone and swallow that stone without showing to anyone,,,, and then they will find the remaining stone in the bag to find out that which stone she had picked it will surely be a black stone in the bag,,,, so eventually it will be the considered that she had picked the white stone that she had swallowed after picking from the bag,, thats all.

  4. hifza April 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM #

    when i read the story ………….thre was not a single commment but now…………….huge amount sara …….u wn really ………………………ur stories n jokes made my every day

    ………………girl will hold white stone in hand and when she put hand out of the bag got white one simple ……….

  5. Jawed Hassan April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM #

    I will pay all the money and marry that sweet girl.

  6. Jawed Hassan April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM #

    I am ready to pay the money and marry to that sweet girl. Ha ha ha ha i think u all like it.

  7. Asma Abdu April 10, 2012 at 3:03 AM #

    In my opinion …. let her marry the rich man and poison him… then the debt will be forgiven plus she will be rich …… 😉

  8. sohaib zafar April 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM #

    she has to pic a white stone from ground and keep it in her hand. she put that hand.

  9. Javed Butt April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM #

    She should pick one stone and drop it on the ground showing that she has accidentally dropped it and pick a white one from the ground.Now the old man cannot say that it was a black stone as the black one is in the bag.

  10. SHAIK AZHER AHMED April 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM #

    If your Fair enough she must ask money lender to show both the stones before she pickup ….

  11. jamal April 9, 2012 at 3:02 AM #

    She should offer them to pick one stone first. obvoisly the stone left in bag
    will belong to girl. the problum is solved.

  12. ali April 9, 2012 at 2:06 AM #

    well , she has to pick one stone and hide it and throw it away and ask the villager to pick the other stone .
    the villager will pick the other black stone ,then the thrown one is white !

  13. Basheer udumbunthala April 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM #

    Will pick both stone

  14. Lubna April 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM #

    the girl should put a white stone in her clouth sleeve, and when she put her hand in the bag pick it up, that will make money lender surprised then he have 2 situations one is to reject and releave hemself and the truth, the outher soluation is to to keep silent while the girls will save herself and her father.

  15. Husain April 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM #

    First, she should pick one from the bag and let no one see the stone
    Then, she have to throgh it a way, so nobady knows the picked stone.
    However, the picked stone should be the oppeste, in color, to the stone that is in the bag.
    So, the lender will have to show the stone in the bag.

    and he cannot say that both stones are black because it will apper that he cheate. Yet, the girl will be saved becase she picked and through the white stone as the other people thinks.

    Hope I got the right answer.


  16. Shanavas April 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM #

    Let her choose one stone and fix with him to choose the other stone also.make clause with him that If the other stone is white , she will marry him and shall pay full money also. If the other stone is also black, she will not marry and he has to pay the same amount to her again.

  17. Nizam April 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM #

    Pick both black gems from the bag

  18. Ahmed Bello April 8, 2012 at 1:29 AM #

    If she picked a stone and pretended to drop it, she would have cheated like the old man. We must not cheat. The thing to do is for the girl and her father to complain after observing the old man’s trick and insist that he must show the stones for all to be assured there are one black and one white stone before putting them in the bag. If the girl picks the white stone, she and her father are fortunate. That’s their fate. If she picks the black stone, she and her father must accept their fate as such. He has to pay a price for his indebtedness.

  19. Ayesha April 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

    The girl should quickly drop the stone after picking it so as to lose it in dust or sand. The other stone, left in the bag, will determine which one she picked. And since the other stone is also black, it will entail that the girl picked the white one and thus she will be saved herself and also waive off her father’s debt 🙂

    • Sara - Admin April 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM #

      Right answer Ayesha, Congrats!!!

      • ahsan April 9, 2012 at 1:41 AM #


        But there’s a suggestion, he is old, and there are more chances than not that he’l die soon 😉

  20. Kh. Saqib Ahmad April 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM #

    There are two counter proposals by the girl to money lender
    She would ask the money lender to take out one stone from the bag and if it would be white then she would marry with him. OR

    She herself would take out one stone from the bag and if the left one in the bag would be white then she will happily marry with him.

    In such way she can save herself to marry with old ugly man.

  21. mohamed April 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM #

    why wasting time to read such things!!!!!!!

  22. Anees Ahmed April 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM #

    its not a bad deal to marry him, if can able to help many persons. he is offering marriage, not some thing else.. which is good.

  23. ahmed April 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM #

    if i picked black stone first i’ll not marry but the mony will be back to lender after 3 years

  24. hashir mohammed April 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM #

    The girl should pick a stone nd throw it away…then they will have to look at the left out stone in the bag..since she already threw a atone the left out will he black…so they will understand tht she picked up white….so she wllnt hve 2marry him

  25. ahmed April 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM #

    tell the lener man after tack the bag with stones : if you realy want to marry me then must trust me and not to refuse my first requst from you … i’ll give the honer of pick the stone in front of all village people by young child to be trusted but with some changes as : it is good day for me to get marry and so for luck i’ll give this chance the white stone .. and black one for not to marry…..

  26. Ahmad April 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM #

    I would have pointed out that you are cheating

  27. Alhatimy April 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM #

    I Agree With All Answers

  28. Baset April 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM #

    to pick up one stone from the bag and pretend that it was fell on the ground by mistake, then they have to look in the bag to see the remaining stone colour to know the coulour of the stone which fallen on the ground which was picked by the girl. The remaining stone in the bag is black for sure, it means that she picked the other coulour.

    • Sara - Admin April 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM #

      Right answer!!

  29. Mohamed April 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM #

    beauty aone cannot be the only craterion fo selecion of marriage partners. If she is inclined to marry him in principle then why not just to accept him without any tricks? If she is willing to take risk then he process should b transparent and an honest neutral perso/judge should be trusted/agreed upon by both parties to led the process. Otherwise, the audience should insist to see the o stones bfore they enter the bag.

    I don’t know……

  30. Nasir April 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM #

    The girl will put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without Looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

    “But never mind, if you look into the Bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I Picked.”

    Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his Dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

  31. elosery April 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM #

    she convince the lender to change the rule. If she picks the black stone she would not marry him and the debt would be canceled. another solution is to tell him to pick one by himself .and if he picks the black then she would not marry him and the debt would be canceled.

  32. Nouman April 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    I would tell all that I will follow the rules plus one more which is:
    If I can change both stones to black, then the lender have to pay may father some money and I will not marry him.

  33. Bashar April 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    she must hide a white stone in her hand to show as she picked it up from the bag, he will not complain to show himself a cheater

  34. Bashar April 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM #

    if am in the girls place, I would hide a white stone in my hand to show as it is the chosen one,

  35. Haider Ijaz April 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM #

    She should ask the lender to interchange the stones for the said reason i.e black should free the daughter and waive the debt. This will expose the money-lender’s true face..

  36. amer April 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM #

    It seems to be no escape ,and marrying this bad ugly moneylender is inevitable , so I would accept my fat and marry him , I don’t know , it may be satisfying

  37. Xyz April 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM #

    I had the same solution in my mind as alya and sidick

  38. Sidick Abdoollah April 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

    I would pick a stone and let it fall on the ground amid the plentiful stone and ask the onlookers to verify what is left in the bag. A black stone need necessarily be in the bag which mean that she picked a white one(meaning that she need not marry the money lender and the debt of his father is cleared)

    • Sara - Admin April 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM #


  39. Ziad April 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

    I agree with Alya and also give another solution. She would take the bag first and tell the moneylender -as he is older and respectable- to take a stone but on the contrary condition.that the white stone means marriage and the black stone means freedom .

  40. Al aufi April 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

    The girl supposed to remove both stones 1. for the dept. to be written off and 2. to show that the lender was chitin.

  41. Mohammed April 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM #

    Here is the right answer.
    She should pick one stone as agreed.
    As soon as she get it out of the bag she should drop it immediately to ground.
    It will be impossible to know which stone was that.
    So, every body will look to the stone remaining in the bag to know which one was she picked.
    When they will find the black in the bag, then every body will assume she picked the white one.
    I am so smart. lol

  42. Riyaad April 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM #

    she should put her hand in 1 bag and then b4 she show it to every1 else ask to show the other bags stone. That way they will see the black stone and thinkk that the white stone is in the other bag. So she will be free.

  43. Nasr April 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM #

    I suggest she put her hand in the bag and pick both stones to tell him that he’s a deceiver, and then she would repeat the trial with correct stones.

  44. Reef April 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

    Before picking up a stone, the girl should make it a condition that if the lender breaks any of the rules stated in the process then she can go free and her father’s debt waived.

    • javaid khan April 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM #

      Agreed with Reef She should offer him counter rule that if stones are same colors then daughter and father will be free. Then she should pick up one and throw down and pick up second one and show him he is chaeter .

  45. Nisar Ahmad April 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    If I was the girl, I will picked the both stones for show, this action will clear, what the hell in his mind.

  46. isa April 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM #

    I agree with Ashraf Tawfik Hayes’ solution, however, I would advise her to take a black stone out of the bag as well, but to only show the white one she initially put her hand in the bag with,once she takes her hand out of the bag.

    There are other solutions in my mind as well, but require a longer explanation.

  47. ibrahim April 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM #

    I think that she has to stop the process just before picking a stone and ask for a small change, so that will be “leaving her and forgetting about the debt” if she picked the black stone (no difference, the same probability, and the lender can not refuse).

  48. Alya April 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    I would act as if the ball I picked fall on the ground, then if they were actually two stones, one white and one black then the one she picked is suposed to be the white since the black i still in the bag

  49. Ashraf Tawfik Hayes April 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    If I were the girl , I would pick a white stone from the ground and hide it carefully between my fingers . I would insert my hand , with the white stone , into the bag , then , pretend to pick it out of the bag.

  50. debashish April 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

    liked the article. I would hav picked a white stone n hit the lenders head

    • anjum April 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM #

      @ debashish – fully supportive of your remarks

    • Sara - Admin April 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM #

      lol !