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Chapter 12: “Instant” Pathology

The parson asked the madam for a nice room - as he winked - and she took him by the hand to a room filled with her girls, telling him to take his pick.

But Parson Sloan said - as he winked - that he didn’t want any girls.

The madam went to the head of the stairs and shouted, “Oh, Clarence, here’s one for you!”

People understand only according to their state of mind. And that is natural. It has to be forgiven.

But listening to me, reading my hooks, you have not even understood a simple fundamental that I go on repeating: that through knowledge knowing is not possible, through knowledge wisdom is not possible.

Your question reminds me of this small anecdote:

Farthington and Smythe, two Englishmen, went on holiday to Ireland. Farthington had a reputation for tactlessness, so Smythe warned him not to say anything disparaging about the Catholic Church.

One evening they were playing darts in the local pub when news came over the radio that the pope was ill. Immediately everyone crowded around the radio to listen.

“Oh, to hell with the pope,” said Farthington. “Lets get on with the game.”

He woke up in the hospital to find Smythe sitting next to him. “I warned you not to say anything about their religion,” said Smythe.

“Yes, I know,” said Farthington. “But you didn’t tell me the pope was a Catholic.”

Enough for today.