Answer questions 42-43 on the basis of information given in the following situation.

Three persons, A, B and C, lived on an island hill. A lived on the top of the island hill, B occupied the middle portion of the hill and C occupied the bottom of the hill. The top of the hill received good rainfall, the main source of water in the hill, though this portion of the hill had few trees. The middle of the hill however was lush with trees offering timber. The bottom of the hill had a good amount of stones and sand. A, B and C assessed their wealth in terms of ownership of timber, water, stones and sand available in the island hill only. During heavy rains, stones and sand from the top and middle portion of the hill rolled over to the bottom. When the rains stopped, both A and B claimed that some stones rolled down from their lands to the land occupied by C. They wanted the stones back. But C argued that rolling down of stones is a natural process.

Question 42

All three approached a wise man for the settlement of the ownership dispute.

Which of the following is the best option available for the wise man?


The dispute is regarding the ownership of stones. Neither option A nor C is a fair decision as not every stone is rolled down. Moreover, some of the stones rolled down form B's region also. Option B is irrelevant as there is no issue with ownership of water and neither there is a necessity to cause hardship to B. Rolling down of stones does not lead to transfer of ownership. Thus option D is the best among the given options.

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