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The Philosopher's Joke

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,541 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,576 3978

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"Forgive me," said the little gentleman. He spoke in English, with a strong accent. "But it seems to me here is a case where two parties might be of service to one another."

The six fellow-travellers round the table looked at one another, but none spoke. The idea that came to each of them, as they explained to one another later, was that without remembering it they had taken their candles and had gone to bed. This was surely a dream.

"It would greatly assist me," continued the little peak-faced gentleman, "in experiments I am conducting into the phenomena of human tendencies, if you would allow me to put your lives back twenty years."

Still no one of the six replied. It seemed to them that the little old gentleman must have been sitting there among them all the time, unnoticed by them.

"Judging from your talk this evening," continued the peak-faced little gentleman, "you should welcome my offer. You appear to me to be one and all of exceptional intelligence. You perceive t

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Lisa Carr

A good story, though a bit long getting started. Three couples all share a strange dream: that when they had been married 20 years and were out of love with their spouses, they were all together one night in a German Inn and a funny little man gave them a drink to share. It made them go back in time 20 years, but remember their future lives. They could change their lives, if they liked.
Unfortunately, I got a bit confused about the six, so I may have missed some of the subtleties of the story, but overall, a good idea for a story.


A decent short about a group of married friends, and an encounter they may or may not have had.



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