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Please explain this quote from "Blood Relations: "Brothers and sisters have I...

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haribabu | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM via web

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Please explain this quote from "Blood Relations: "Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son."

Who is that man?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 14, 2008 at 2:55 PM (Answer #1)

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"That man" is the speaker himself.  No brothers and sisters, but the father of that man is my father's son.  He is looking at himself...in a mirror, perhaps.

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poteoibft | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM (Answer #2)

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We can solve this problem algebraically with the following:

Assume you are generation 5, and 'that man' is generation 'x'.

We have: 'that man's father is my father's son'

When we have a father, we go down one generation, and when we have a son, we go up one.

Therefore,        X-1           =     5-1+1

X-1           =     5

X              =     6

Since we are generation 5, and that man is generation 6, that man is one generation later, and is therefore my son.


Or, if you're not into math:

That man's father is (my father's son)

That man's father is (me)

Therefore, that man must be my son.

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elylrc | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 9, 2009 at 5:46 AM (Answer #3)

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Both answers are correct.  It depends upon which question is asked.  The original as told by my grandfather, was who is he talking about.........himself.  Who is he looking at, the man in the picture........his son.

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lilbam69 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 29, 2011 at 8:06 AM (Answer #4)

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Brother's and Sister's I have None But that man's Father is my Father's Son mean's

Son is Jesus and Father is God he is looking at a picture of Jesus

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ayusheeshah | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM (Answer #5)

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my fathers son means the speaker himself as he does'nt have any brothers and sister....

that man's father means the father is the speaker ,here he is refering man as his son

so the man the speaker is refering to is his(speaker's) son

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 15, 2008 at 2:45 AM (Answer #6)

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This is an old brain teaser. The full question is:
A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man replies, 'Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man's father is my father's son'. Who is in the photograph?
Answer: the man's son

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slogger | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2008 at 12:39 AM (Answer #7)

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He is looking at himself.

This is a very very old riddle I remember in the Eagle Annual of some 50 years ago. Logic suggests it is his son but the answer is himself !!!

I have NEVER been able to work out how it could be himself but that IS the answer.


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