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Tricky probability question

  1. Sep 7, 2008 #1
    tricky probability question!! plz help

    Pick any word in the first few lines and do the following: Let’s say your choice is the
    word “shadows”. This word has seven letters. The seventh word following “shadows”
    is “all”. This word has three letters. The third word following “all” is “That”. This
    word has four letters, etc. proceed until you come across the word “restore” in the last
    line, from where you cannot move any further. Why is it that no matter which word
    you choose in the first few lines, you always end up with the same word, “restore”. In
    fact, even if you had started somewhere in the middle of A Midsummer Nights Dream
    you would have wound up with the same word. And, even stranger, every play by
    Shakespeare contains a special word like “restore”. Are these words secret messages left
    by Shakespeare, is all this coincidence, or is there another easy explanation?

    If we shadows have offended,
    Think but this, and all is mended,
    That you have but slumber’d here
    While these visions did appear.
    And this weak and idle theme,
    No more yielding but a dream,
    Gentles, do not reprehend:
    if you pardon, we will mend:
    And, as I am an honest Puck,
    If we have unearned luck
    Now to ’scape the serpent’s tongue,
    We will make amends ere long;
    Else the Puck a liar call;
    So, good night unto you all.
    Give me your hands, if we be friends,
    And Robin shall restore amends.

    i dont know how to apply this with probability... please give me some tips or if u know the answer help me!!
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