THE ORANGE VENDOR
Smart or Outsmart?
The story continues.
As the sun seemed to traverse on it
descending journey, an occasional breath of cool breeze swept
across the surroundings. The street in front of the market was by
then busier than usual. Occasional mini busses transporting
school children were evident and signs of children in the market
Some school boys
were coming down the aisle,
Paul raised his
wrist and looked at his dial,
The time was
nearly thirty past three,
And those school
boys were not on a spree.
They used the
market as a short cut
And saw of
oranges there was a glut.
front the orange vendor,
They stopped for
a while as to tender,
Silver coins in
their pockets at first,
For some oranges
that can quench their thirst.
What money they
had no one was sure,
But for its
worth they seemed to want more.
One of the boys said to the orange
vendor, "Mister, how much for one orange?"
The orange vendor looked at the
boys and asked with a smile, "How much money do you have,
"My name is not Sunny; I am Harry."
the boy said.
The vendor replied, "So you are the
The other boys burst into
Harry started to stutter and
shouted "No, mister, I am just Harry."
vendor then said to the boys,
"If you boys pay
me just one dollar,
You will have six oranges as an
"Six oranges!" the second boy
The third boy intervened and
pointed out, "That means we will have two oranges each.
Harry then told the other boys,
"Check your pockets and let us make up one dollar."
Paul started to peel an orange in
anticipation of a sale from the three school boys.
Altogether the three boys, Harry,
Matthew and Richard could only uncover seventy-five cents, that
is, one silver piece each.
'Mister" said Harry, "We only have
3 twenty-five cents pieces. That is all we have. Please give us
the 6 oranges;" he beseeched the orange vendor.
The orange vendor then asked with a
smile, "Let me see the money."
Harry eagerly gave the three coins
to the vendor who then quickly put them in the cash box.
"You see, boys," explained the
vendor, "with these three coins, I will not be able to give you
six oranges" he continued.
"Oh no, mister" the three boys
shouted in disappointment.
"Calm down," the vendor said. He
"Boys, to each
one of you,
I will give only two."
The boys looked at each other and
The vendor them peeled the rest of
the oranges, cut them in halves and put two each in a bag which
he gave the three boys.
Very happy indeed were the school
boys that with twenty-five cents they could get two oranges each
to quench their thirst.
On their way out of the market,
Harry said to the Matthew and Richard, "You see, we outsmart the
"No" replied Richard, "the man felt
sorry for we."
In the market, Tony was looking on
at the boys while they were bargaining with Paul. After the boys
left, he enquired from Paul, "Why you took the money from the
poor school children? Why you did not give them for free?"
"Ah stupid or wha'?" said
Tony replied, "You think you smart
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