• anonymous
Hey guys if you can please help that would be awesome!!! There are eight rubies, ten emeralds, and a hundred pearls, which are in thy ear-ring, my beloved, were purchased by me for thee at an equal amount; and the sum of the prices of the three sort of gems was three less than half a hundred; tell me the price of each, auspicious woman. What is the price of one pearl ????, the price of one emerald ????? , and the the price of one ruby ??????
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  • anonymous
The wording is confusing. I think they mean that 8 rubies, 10 emeralds, & 100 pearls are all equal to each other, or 8R = 10E = 100P. Add them together by substituting one for the other, or 3(8R) = 100/2 - 3. Something like that.
  • anonymous
ok sorry at the end of the questions it says, Hint: I had to ponder this a bit. The word "equal" means that eight rubies cost as much as ten emeralds or a hundred pearls. The prices that add to "three less than half a hundred" are the prices for one pearl, or one emerald, or one ruby. If you knew the price of a pearl you could easily figure out the price of a ruby or an emerald, just try some suitable numbers for the price of a pearl.

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