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The river

The river

Rank five people according to their actions in a scenario in which a lady attempts to cross a river in order to be reunited with her boyfriend.

Charlie and Linda who are very much in love and devoted to one another, are separated by a river with no way of getting across to the other side. On Linda's side of the river, there is a boatman who is able to take her over to the other side of the river but refuses to do so unless she pays him $100, twice his normal fare. Linda has no money and has no other way to get back across the river. Another man, Steve, then tells Linda that he will giver her $100 if she sleeps with him. Linda agrees to do so and on receiving the $100, pays the boatman who takes her over to the other side of the river. She is reunited with Charlie and they are very happy together. However, Charlie's friend, Felix, finds out what happened and immediately tells Charlie. On learning the news, Charlie finds Linda and ends things with her, stating that he wants nothing more to do with her.

Your task is to rank these five people, according to how much you sympathize with their characters or identify with their actions.


Here is what each character in the story represents

Boatman Business

Charlie Chastity

Felix Friendship

Linda Love

Steve Sex

Your answer reveals how you rank business, chastity, friendship, love and sex, and therefore their importance in your life.

People having similar ranking systems tend to be compatible - not surprisingly, since the above choices are an important indicator of character and values. People who give opposite or mutually random answers tend not to get along well.

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I didn't sympathize with any of the characters, that is why: the Boatman is greedy and a hypocrite for wanting more money than he usually asks for, the Girlfriend for cheating, the Boyfriend for not finding a way himself to cross over and then berating the Girlfriend for finding a "solution", the Friend for not giving the couple any money to cross over and only being a snitch, so there's nothing important in my life?


Charles, Felix, Boatman, Steve and Linda


1. Linda (Love)

2. Felix (Friendship)

3. Charlie (Chastity)

4. Boatman (Business)

5. Steve (Sex)


Charlie,Linda,Felix,Boatman,Steve(I HATE STEVE)


Love, chastity, friendship, business, sex.

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