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Categories : logic : josephine.p

The recent expedition to the lost city of Atlantis discovered scrolls
attributted to the great poet, scholar, philosopher Josephine. They
number eight in all, and here is the first.

THE KINGDOM OF MAMAJORCA, WAS RULED BY QUEEN HENRIETTA I. IN MAMAJORCA
WOMEN HAVE TO PASS AN EXTENSIVE LOGIC EXAM BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO
GET MARRIED. QUEENS DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THIS EXAM. ALL THE WOMEN IN
MAMAJORCA ARE LOYAL TO THEIR QUEEN AND DO WHATEVER SHE TELLS THEM TO.
THE QUEENS OF MAMAJORCA ARE TRUTHFUL. ALL SHOTS FIRED IN MAMAJORCA CAN
BE HEARD IN EVERY HOUSE. ALL ABOVE FACTS ARE KNOWN TO BE COMMON
KNOWLEDGE.

HENRIETTA WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE INFIDELITY OF THE MARRIED MEN IN
MAMAJORCA.  SHE SUMMONED ALL THE WIVES TO THE TOWN SQUARE, AND MADE
THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT. "THERE IS AT LEAST ONE UNFAITHFUL HUSBAND
IN MAMAJORCA. ALL WIVES KNOW WHICH HUSBANDS ARE UNFAITHFUL, BUT HAVE
NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE FIDELITY OF THEIR OWN HUSBAND. YOU ARE
FORBIDDEN TO DISCUSS YOUR HUSBAND'S FAITHFULNESS WITH ANY OTHER WOMAN.
IF YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR HUSBAND IS UNFAITHFUL, YOU MUST SHOOT HIM AT
PRECISELY MIDNIGHT OF THE DAY YOU FIND THAT OUT."

THIRTY-NINE SILENT NIGHTS FOLLOWED THE QUEEN'S ANNOUNCEMENT. ON THE
FORTIETH NIGHT, SHOTS WERE HEARD. QUEEN HENRIETTA I IS REVERED IN
MAMAJORCAN HISTORY.

As with all philosophers Josephine doesn't provide the question, but leaves
it implicit in his document. So figure out the questions - there are two -
and answer them.

Here is Josephine's second scroll.

QUEEN HENRIETTA I WAS SUCCEEDED BY DAUGHTER QUEEN HENRIETTA II. AFTER
A WHILE HENRIETTA LIKE HER FAMOUS MOTHER BECAME WORRIED ABOUT THE
INFIDELITY PROBLEM. SHE DECIDED TO ACT, AND SENT A LETTER TO HER
SUBJECTS (WIVES) THAT CONTAINED THE EXACT WORDS OF HENRIETTA I'S
FAMOUS SPEECH.  SHE ADDED THAT THE LETTERS WERE GUARENTEED TO REACH
ALL WIVES EVENTUALLY.

QUEEN HENRIETTA II IS REMEMBERED AS A FOOLISH AND UNJUST QUEEN.

What is the question and answer implied by this scroll?


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