The elderly scholar paused, unsure how to answer the question.21 Many other scholars thought of asking her questions but feared seeing her immense confidence.22 “You ask too many questions!” shouted the elderly scholar. He was furious.23 Other men chimed in and yelled things at her as well. The atmosphere was tense.
You ask too many questions!
“That’s enough!” bellowed the King.24 “Answer her question, why are female’s not as smart as men?25” “I need to study to come up with an example, your majesty,” said the elderly scholar. “Then I cannot stop her from joining the conference. She has come here on her own merit and has beaten you in this discussion. I will allow her to sit on the panel,” proclaimed the king.
People were still doubtful about the girl’s worthiness.27 But as the discussion progressed, all doubts vanished. Days passed. Alex took part in several discussions and astonished all the men by her intelligence28. When the final draft of the book was compiled, Alex contributed a great deal of knowledge. The King also made a proclamation declaring that all women are equal to men in the book29. Nobody knows for sure what happened to the girl thereafter but everybody agrees, Alex was the first female scholar in the land.
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