A child may propose a problem that a sage cannot
propounded the following question:
"That ten-acre meadow of mine will
feed twelve bullocks for sixteen weeks or eighteen bullocks for eight
How many bullocks could I feed on a forty-acre field for six
weeks, the grass growing regularly all the time?"
It will be seen that the sting lies in the tail.
That steady growth of
the grass is such a reasonable point to be considered, and yet to some
readers it will cause considerable perplexity.
The grass is, of course,
assumed to be of equal length and uniform thickness in every case when
the cattle begin to eat.
The difficulty is not so great as it appears,
you properly attack the question.