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Humor (Alleged)

Mr. Brown was a writer, and he spent every day writing, turning out stories and book reviews and articles and other things, most of which he managed to sell, making a decent living. Decent enough, in fact, to hire a housekeeping service. The housekeeper had been working less than a week, however, when she came to Mr. Brown. "You pay me fifty dollars a week, sir."

"Yes," said Mr. Brown. "And I can't afford to pay you any more than that."

"I know," said the housekeeper. She looked at Mr. Brown, sitting in his chair, reading up on a subject for background to his next short story. "But I want to be fair. I'm willing to work for only forty dollars a week until you can get a job."