Four levels of the story Third Thoughts are:
This is the story told by the writer’s friend. He is a small businessman who used to buy products at expensive prices and sold them at the very cheapest. He is a very idealistic person. One day he bought a drawing made by Turner. It is worth only 10 shillings, so the dealer and buyer are confused it is original or not. With the painting, he went to London and sold it for 50 pounds. He was so happy because it is a very high profit than that he expected. After selling at a profit he thought, at first he decided to share 50% of his profit with the dealer. And he wrote a letter to the dealer but having no stamp he is unable to send the letter. After some time he thought and decided to share the profit of only 10 pounds. Again he thoughts 10 pounds is too much and he decided to share only 5 pounds of profit. Similarly, he again thought and decides to share only one pound of profit. And, again he thought and goes to the club, spent all his money on gambling, and lost all. Finally, he thought, after buying anything there is no relation between seller and buyer. Also, in the business sector, everyone tries to get more profit. Through that type of his thoughts, he satisfied him.
The story presents the changing nature, thoughts, and weaknesses of human beings. Shows impulsive, high emotional, idealistic nature of human being, in that situation writer’s friend is presented. Also taught, after buying any things there is no relation between buyer and seller. Also, it says to be a good businessman we need tactical and reasonable thinking.
Some unsatisfied points after reading this text are,
- How is it possible for the businessman to buy goods expensive and selling them to the very cheapest?
- How can we believe that the selling man has not informed about their goods or products?
- Is it possible to find such an idealistic person like the writer’s friend in the business sector?
Before reading this text I used to think that it is not necessary to keep our thoughts constant. I don’t care about my promises. But after this text, I know that we should make our thought constant and promises should be constant to be a good person as well as to be a good businessman.