08 April 2012

Friar Tuck’s theorem

“Well, then, good fellow, holy father, or whatever thou art,” quoth Robin, “I would know whether this same Friar is to be found upon this side of the river or the other.”

“Truly, the river hath no side but the other,” said the Friar.

“How dost thou prove that?” asked Robin.

“Why, thus;” said the Friar, noting the points upon his fingers. “The other side of the river is the other, thou grantest?”

“Yea, truly.”

“Yet the other side is but one side, thou dost mark?”

“No man could gainsay that,” said Robin.

“Then if the other side is one side, this side is the other side. But the other side is the other side, therefore both sides of the river are the other side. Q. E. D.”

“’T is well and pleasantly argued,” quoth Robin; “yet I am still in the dark...”

—from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

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