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Yoshiyuki



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 12:12 am    Post subject: What's funny about this story? Reply with quote

Could anyone kindly help me with this story? I wonder if the Sister just gave her money to a man who had lost his money and looked depressed and that he showed up again in front of her with the money he had won in a gamble by using her money.


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Sitting by the window in her convent, Sister Margaret opened a letter from home and found a $10 bill inside. After she read the letter she caught sight of a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against a lamppost below. She quickly wrote, “Don't despair, Sister Margaret” on a piece of paper, put the $10 and the paper in an envelope, and dropped it out the window. The stranger picked it up and, with a puzzled expression and a tip of the hat, went off down the street.
The next day Sister Margaret was told a man was at the door for her. She went down and found the stranger waiting. Without a word, he handed her a roll of bills. “What's this?” she asked.
“That's the sixty bucks you're owed. Don't Despair paid five to one.”
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What's funny about this story? Reply with quote

Yoshiyuki wrote:
Could anyone kindly help me with this story? I wonder if the Sister just gave her money to a man who had lost his money and looked depressed and that he showed up again in front of her with the money he had won in a gamble by using her money.


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Sitting by the window in her convent, Sister Margaret opened a letter from home and found a $10 bill inside. After she read the letter she caught sight of a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against a lamppost below. She quickly wrote, “Don't despair, Sister Margaret” on a piece of paper, put the $10 and the paper in an envelope, and dropped it out the window. The stranger picked it up and, with a puzzled expression and a tip of the hat, went off down the street.
The next day Sister Margaret was told a man was at the door for her. She went down and found the stranger waiting. Without a word, he handed her a roll of bills. “What's this?” she asked.
“That's the sixty bucks you're owed. Don't Despair paid five to one.”


Yes, but the joke part is that there was a horse named "Don't Despair" running in a race. The man was probably a bookie (person who collects money to place bets on horses--it's illegal) He thought she was making a bet on that horse, but she was really just trying to be kind.
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Yoshiyuki



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much, Lorikeet, as usual. Your explanation really helped me fully understand the story, which I could never have managed to guess would be a joke. Now I think I can make a complacent smile at it. Thank you again.
Yoshiyuki.
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