A Public Opinion Riddle of Sorts

I have spent the past couple days toying with my introduction. Earlier in my research, and even through most of the middle stages, I definitely sidelined the planning for my intro to focus on devising a plan for data analysis in the statistics program I’m using, called R. I had reasoned that learning how to code in R would be a a handful, and would take up most of my time. I was not wrong, since I just spent several days figuring out how to find the perfect x and y coordinates to position my legend in a proper spot in my bar plots. But the trials and tribulations of ┬ádata analysis in R are for another day. For now, I would like to present a short narrative on the origins of the theory my study is testing. I developed the narrative throughout my literature review — it reads like a public opinion riddle (of sorts). See if you can solve it before my next update:

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Nothing Goes As Planned–And That’s Good

Peru is a country of surprises. Yesterday I woke up to find that my host mother had spent the night before baking me an orange cake. When I strolled into the kitchen she offered me the whole cake and a mugful of hot chocolate. Then she pushed a candle into the top of the cake and lit it. Admittedly, it was my 21st birthday, and this was certainly not the most unexpected thing that had happened in the kitchen. The night before the solstice I came home at 9 pm to be dragged into the kitchen and urged to participate in a session with a clairvoyant. He happened to be both a family friend and a ghost hunter whose name was the Spanish equivalent of Julius Caesar. Fortunately, I now know that I’m going to grow up to be a brilliant, successful man. What a comfort.

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