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Be judge and jury in this short story about love and murder.

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.

Justice quiz

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.

The five characters in the story are listed below in alphabetical order. List the names in the order in which you think they were most responsible for the wife's death.

  • Assassin
  • Boatman
  • Husband
  • Lover
  • Wife


Each of the characters is a symbol and represents a different quality.

  • Lover = Sex
  • Wife = Fun (could also mean contentment)
  • Assassin = Money
  • Boatman = Magic (could also mean luck)
  • Husband = Love

Your list reveals the order in which these five qualities interest you, and how important they are in your life. If you thought that the wife was most responsible, then fun is the most important thing in your life. Since you are assigning reponsibility, you are essentially abandoning the quality associated with each character. Therefore, if you have assigned the wife to the number one spot, you have betrayed fun more than any of the other qualities.

How accurate were your results? Join in the discussion.

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Comments (18)


I picked the assassin since he killed her after all.

2nd was the wife because if she hadn't been cheating she wouldn't have been in that situation.

3rd was the lover. It takes two to tango. He knew what he was doing and he used her.

4th and 5th are kind of tied for me. Boat man didn't know what was going on and husband didn't really do anything wrong. Some people can't focus on their work if their spouse is there and he honestly couldn't leave her for a day without her folding so it was already a lost cause.

Tessa Graysays...

-Lover:she let her cross the bridge knowing she would die.

-Assassin:he killed her after all...

-Wife:if she hadn't been cheating she wouldn't have been killed.

-Husband : if he had done what the wife had told him she wouldn't be dead.

-Boatman: he has no idea of what's going on, and the wife didn't tell him that there was actually an assassin on the bridge.

The analysis is wrong though.

Alina Starkovsays...

Totally inaccurate...


1. I chose the husband because he was the one who wouldn’t take her and basically called her a burden

2. I chose the assassin because he was the one who physically killed her and well it’s not hard to see why it’s his fault

3. The lover he refused to pay her way back and she would be alive if he’d just loaned her the money

4. The wife she should’ve had some abstinence and just basic self control

5. The boat man he was just trying to get money for his family, he probably didn’t know what was going on, and even if he did would you believe her?


i picked the husband and my results were quite accurate!

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