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Story time Tuesday!

Jun 17, 2020

Dear readers,

I've created a new lesson and I hope you love it.

For those that are unsure of what they will talk about in a conversation lesson, this lesson if for you!

Here I will post a short story every week for you to read; from the story we will discuss grammar, build vocabulary, and practice pronunciation - it’s an all-in-one lesson. 

My free lesson still stands and I would love to meet you!

Here we go, the first short story :)

Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.

Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles.

Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

  1. Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.

  2. Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.

  3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.

 Moral of the story:

It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation throughout the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.

I enjoyed the story and love the moral of the story.
Join me for a free lesson and let me know what your thoughts are!! :)


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