A knight wants to marry a princess and she wants to marry him.
However, the king demands that the knight draw one of two slips of paper from a box. The king says one will say ‘Death’ and the other ‘Marriage’. The princess whispers to her suitor that both slips say ‘Death’. What could the knight do to wed the princess?
The knight could tear up the paper he picks and offer the other one to the king. He could then tell the king that since the untorn paper reads ‘Death’, the one torn must have read, ‘Marriage’.