One morning Mrs. Perry said to her husband, ‘Jack, there’s a meeting of our
ladies’ club at Mrs. Young’s house at lunch time today, and I want to go to it. I’ll leave you some food for your lunch. Is that all right?’
‘Oh, yes,’ her husband answered, that’s quite all right. What are you going to
leave for my lunch?’
‘This tin of fish,’ Mrs. Perry said. ‘And there are some cold, boiled potatoes
and some beans here, too.’
‘Good,’ Mr. Perry answered. I’ll have a good lunch.’
So Mrs. Perry went to her meeting. All the ladies had lunch at Mrs. Young’s
house, and at three o’clock Mrs. Perry came home.
‘Was your fish nice, Jack?’ she asked.
‘Yes, but my feet are hurting,’ he answered.
‘Why are they hurting?’ Mrs. Perry asked.
‘Well, the words on the tin were, “Open tin and stand in hot water for five
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L. A. HILL
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