The noted story-teller at a dinner party related an anecdote, and was at
first gratified by the hearty laughter of an old lady among the guests,
and later a little suspicious, as her mirth continued. As he stared at
her, puzzled, she spoke in explanation:
"Oh, that story is such a favorite of mine: the first time I heard it I
laughed so hard that I kicked the foot-board off my crib."
* * *
The ponderous judge interrupted the eloquent lawyer harshly:
"All you say goes in at one ear and out at the other."
"What is to prevent it?" was the retort.