If there were twelve ladies in all, there would be 132 kisses
ladies alone, leaving twelve more to be exchanged with the
be given by him and six to be received.
Therefore, of the twelve
six would be his sisters.
Consequently, if twelve could do the work in
four and a half months, six ladies would do it in twice the
and a half months longer—which is the correct answer.
At first sight there might appear to be some
"Everybody kissed everybody else, except, of course, the bashful young
Might this not be held to imply that all the ladies
immodestly kissed the curate, although they were not (except the
kissed by him in return?
No; because, in that case, it would be found
that there must have been twelve girls, not one of whom was a sister,
which is contrary to the conditions.
If, again, it should be held that
the sisters might not, according to the wording, have kissed their
brother, although he kissed them, I reply that in that case there must
have been twelve girls, all of whom must have been his
reference to the ladies who might have worked exclusively of the
shuts out the possibility of this.