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Draw a Diagram, Set up a Table...

Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I will give you a problem. A ship sails the ocean. It left Boston with its cargo of wool. It grosses 200 tons. It is bound for Le Havre. The mainmast is broken, the cabin boy is on deck, there are 12 passengers aboard, the wind is blowing East-North-East, the clock points to a quarter past three in the afternoon. It is in the month of May. How old is the captain?


Source: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) in a letter to his sister Cavoline in 1843