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My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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A Fun Psychology Test

September 13, 2017

 

 

 

There are scores of psychology tests but to my knowledge this is the shortest, the only test that’s actually fun to take, and in my case the only accurate one. Take a moment to answer these five questions honestly and you might discover something you didn’t know about yourself. Feel free to write down your answers, and don’t over think your responses; your first thoughts are the most revealing. The answers are revealed at the end.

 

Question #1  Imagine that you’ve just awakened from a deep sleep to find yourself walking on a path in a forest. What time of day is it?

 

Question #2 While walking on the path in a forest you look down and find a cup partially buried in leaves. Describe the cup and what do you do with it?

 

Question #3  The path in the forest leads to a body of water. Describe the water and what do you do?

 

Question #4  After leaving the body of water you continue on the path until you encounter a dwelling. Describe the dwelling and what do you do?

 

Question #5  You continue walking beyond the dwelling until you come to a wall. Describe the wall and what do you do?

 

 

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Answers

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but psychologists tend to interpret these answers in the following way:

 

Question #1  People who awaken in the morning or early afternoon tend to be more optimistic than folks who awaken in late afternoon or evening. People who awaken walking in a forest in the dark of night have issues to deal with.

 

Question #2  This question is tricky because it doesn’t matter what the cup looks like. You could have described a precious object or a discarded paper cup. What matters is what you do with it. People who keep the cup tend to be more materialistic than those who leave it where they found it.

 

Question #3  The body of water represents your sex drive. Are you thirsty? Did you drink the water? A large pristine lake prompting you to take off your clothes and dive in says much more about your sex drive than if you describe a stagnant pond brimming with leeches.

 

Question #4  Your description of the dwelling isn’t as important as whether or not you go inside. The dwelling represents society. People who enter the dwelling tend to fit into society and need people more than those who see the dwelling and just pass by.

 

Question #5  The wall represents death. Did you envision a tall stone wall stretching endlessly or did you think of a small hedge easily stepped over? People who conjure a wall that’s easy to climb over—and do so—are much less afraid of death than those who can’t scale the wall and retreat in the direction from which they came.

 

 

Here were my answers:

 

#1   Morning. I’m definitely a morning person and I do consider myself an optimist.

 

#2   The cup was a jewel-encrusted chalice and I kept it. I admit that I’m a materialistic person with a healthy respect for nice things.

 

#3   I was really thirsty when I reached the water (a flowing stream in my case) and I used the chalice to drink my fill.

 

#4   The dwelling I envisioned was a cozy cottage and I peered in the window. I did not go inside. Maybe this is the reason I have few close friends and have usually been self-employed.

 

#5   The wall was made of stone and only a few feet high. I stepped over it and continued on my way. I’m not a big fan of pain but death itself doesn’t frighten me.   

  

 

 

How did you do? Is this test hogwash, a mere parlor game, or did it reveal the real you?

 

 

 

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24 Comments
What if I said for #2 that it's a paper cup and I pick it up to dispose of it properly in a garbage can later? The cup thing though reminds me of the third Indiana Jones movie with the Holy Grail. Choose wisely.
By: PT Dilloway on September 13, 2017
I was visualizing this whole experience in the woods on my own property, so I'm not sure my choices were much in line with the interpretations given.
By: Kelly on September 13, 2017
An interesting exercise. I liked that the wall I came to was stone but I still managed to clamber over it.
By: Catalyst on September 13, 2017
1. Middle of the night - oops! 2. Like PT I envisioned a paper cup that I put in my backpack to dispose of later. 3. I sat on the bank of a beautiful lake. 4. I knocked on the door. 5. I sat on the wall. Seems like I'm not really participating here, which is just as well, since apparently I have mental issues. Ha!
By: The Bug on September 13, 2017
It was morning, I didn't touch the cup because it's in dirt, the water was a large lake but I didn't go swimming, I knocked on the door of the dwelling so it depends on whether someone answered or not, and the wall was maybe six feet. If a strong sex drive meant I needed to go swimming, then I blew that one...
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on September 13, 2017
1. morning 2. yellow t-cup and I kept it! 3. looked at it and waded in it 4. cute log cabin- I knocked and went in 5. low stone wall and stepped over it Interesting little test! Thanks- fun!
By: Kathe W. on September 13, 2017
1. Morning 2. Coffee cup with cute saying-kept it. 3.lake that I took off my shoes and dangled my feet in the water. Maybe I am half hearted sexually:)). 4 Stone house, went in. .5. Stone wall that I sat on and enjoyed the day. This was fun.
By: Arkansas Patti on September 13, 2017
I was thrown off by the first question - this made me suspect. It's worded in a weird way. What time is it - in my dream? In the forest? Otherwise, though, yeah, I went straight into the water. Was happy to finally get some.
By: Robyn Engel on September 13, 2017
Whenever I go into a forest, I typically carry a two-day backpack. 1. morning 2. plain coffee cup 3. splashed water on my face and neck then took my t-shirt off and splashed more water myself 4. called out anyone home, then knocked and entered dwelling 5. admired the drystone wall and casually walked around it
By: Daniel LaFrance on September 13, 2017
Now this is fun! I love things like this. So, I was picturing the early afternoon. I saw a white foam cup and walked by it. I came to a nice, smal and calm lake that I just looked at and smiled. I saw a pretty thatched cottage and walked right on by it after admiring it. I saw the wall, got pissed off that this should not be enjoyed more so i knocked the wall down. Hmmm....what does that say about me?
By: Birgit on September 13, 2017
Hogwash...hmmm what does that answer say about me?
By: cranky on September 13, 2017
Intriguing quiz ... but I'd think that it DOES matter what the cup looks like, and what kind of dwelling it is. Mine was a ceramic coffee cup with a cartoon on it (which I kept) and an old log cabin (which I went in).
By: Tom Sightings on September 13, 2017
I really loved that beautiful alpine lake and I didn't want to leave it.
By: Tom Cochrun on September 13, 2017
That was an interesting experience. My answers were a little wonky.
By: Rick Watson on September 13, 2017
Interesting. The cup was plastic and i took it with me to recycle, i wonder what that says.
By: messymimi on September 13, 2017
It appears that I am an optimistic, materialistic outcast who cruises down the sex highway at the proper speed limit until death (of which I am not afraid) takes me. 1)morning; 2)cracked teacup that I kept; 3) calm lake; 4) crumbling log cabin that I did not enter; 5) hip-high stone wall that I sat on.
By: Val on September 13, 2017
I don't think it reveals anything substantial. It's fun to take,
By: red Kline on September 13, 2017
I envisaged the whole thing as part of a fairy tale so my house was made of gingerbread. . I think my reluctance to go in (indeed my decision to stay well clear()wasse. If I had not been in a forest but in open countryside I think id have chosen differently. That's the trouble with tests like this.:)
By: Jenny woolf on September 13, 2017
interesting. #1 mid-morning (yes, optimist) #2 tea cup which I may or may not have taken with me (I like things but can easily let them go) #3 a lake that I waded in (this was not so accurate as I had a very active sex drive) #4 an abandoned run down cottage that I peered in the windows of (I'm basically an anti-social loner though I can put up a good front) #5 low stone wall that I stepped over (not afraid of death but in no hurry to die)
By: Ellen Abbott on September 14, 2017
I woke up in the afternoon so I guess this means that I'm somewhat optimistic, the cup I found was an old antique coffee cup like my grandmother had and I took it with me making me materialistic, the lake was beautiful and I sat and enjoyed it's beauty, I even thought of fishing there, the house was a small cabin that I sat on the front porch of, somewhat sociable I suppose, and once up against the tall wall I went back to the cabin and sat on the porch. Maybe signifying my brush with death with the heart attack that I recovered from...
By: Jimmy on September 14, 2017
Interesting! I awoke in the morning, found a tea cup and drank the tea in it, went swimming in the lake, found the three bears' house and went in to greet Goldilocks, and came to the wall, where I sat down to rest against it. I saw myself as very happy. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on September 14, 2017
Interesting...did you run this post before? I vaguely remember it. I don't know if I chose the same answers I did before, but I woke up in the early morning, found a copper mug (like for a Moscow mule), stuck my toes in the nice clean lake, came across an old, falling-down shed and went inside. The wall was tall and overgrown with moss and ivy, kind of pretty, and I walked along that wall.
By: Pixel Peeper on September 14, 2017
If you did run this before, do you have the link to it? Because now I'm curious about my previous answers and if they were the same then as I gave now...
By: Pixel Peeper on September 14, 2017
I wrote down my answers and then shared the questions with my 26 year old daughter and husband so they, too, could take the test. Our answers were all unique and I can say they pegged our personalities pretty well. Fun little test and thanks for sharing.
By: STL Fan on September 15, 2017

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