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A boy's father dies leaving his mother to be a poor widow. A few years later the boy marries his mother legally.

How is this possible?

Hint:

It is all done in good faith

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  • $\begingroup$ Untranslatable :) $\endgroup$ – KPM Jul 30 '15 at 8:47
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The boy conducts a marriage ceremony between his mother and her new spouse.

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The boy was adopted, so it would not be incest.

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe it wouldn't be incest, but I'm not sure that is legal. And it doesn't fit with the hint. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Jul 29 '15 at 18:38
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The boy is obviously

Oedipus

He did it in good faith so it even fits the hint.

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    $\begingroup$ Okay - you got me on that one; he did marry his mother in good faith (sort of). My only counter-argument is that Oedipus was more than a boy when he killed his father. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Jul 30 '15 at 4:14

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