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Topic: The Unfortunate dream
Message: Posted by: silent shadow (Feb 17, 2011 03:51PM)
A man and his wife went to church one hot summers day. During the sermon in the back row the man nodded off to sleep.
He had a dream that he was an aristocrat at the time of the Frecnh Revolution and that he was going to be put to death by guillotine. He climbed the scaffold, a priest performed the last rites, and the man placed his head on the block. Just before the executioner pulled the lever the mans wife noticed he was asleep and gave him a big sharp nudge, he was startled and he instantly died of shock.
What's wrong with this tale?
Message: Posted by: captainsmiffy (Feb 17, 2011 09:26PM)
...the spelling of 'french'?!!!
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Feb 17, 2011 10:15PM)
Sermons are usually held at the front of the church, not the back row.

I'm also don't think many French aristocrats were Catholic, especially at the time of the French Revolution, so a priest wouldn't give them last rites. But since that happened in a dream, that's not really a problem.
Message: Posted by: Chris Henderson (Feb 22, 2011 07:04PM)
If he died before he woke up, he couldn't tell anyone about the dream.
Message: Posted by: MeetMagicMike (Mar 8, 2011 02:00AM)
Chris Henderson has given the traditional answer to this riddle. I don't know if it is the one intended by the poster.

It really isn't a very good answer. Is it?

There is nothing "wrong" with the story. (Except the details mentioned by others). It is a story. Narrators in stories often are all-knowing.

Either there is a more rigorous phrasing of this riddle that makes the answer work or it is just a poor riddle.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 13, 2011 09:12PM)
Maybe they didn't give "last rights" to aristocrats during the French Revolution?

Just a guess.
Message: Posted by: 0pus (Mar 14, 2011 10:31AM)
Actually, under Catholic doctrine, "last rites" -- i.e., the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick or, formerly, Extreme Unction -- is only available to the sick. Soldiers on the eve of battle, condemned prisoners, others in imminent danger of death otherwise than through illness, may not receive this sacrament. They can confess their sins (the sacrament of Penance) and they may receive communion (the sacrament of Holy Eucharist), but not the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. So Ed is at least partially correct.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Mar 15, 2011 04:52AM)
Woo hoo!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Apr 12, 2011 06:50AM)
This needs some work...