Wednesday, April 06, 2005

How True

Sam Vimes could parallel process. Most husbands can. They learn to follow their own line of thought while at the same time listening to what their wives say. And the listening is important, because at any time they could be challenged and must be ready to quote the last sentence in full. A vital additional skill is being able to scan the dialogue for telltale phrases such as "and they can deliver it tomorrow" or "so I've invited them for dinner?" or "they can do it in blue, really quite cheaply."

-- (Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant)

Courtesy of the Annotated Pratchett File

2 comments:

Abby Taylor said...

Aha. It all makes sense now. Thanks for selling out men everywhere, but this really helps us women adjust our strategy.

rcjhawk said...

Oh, don't worry, we'll take that into account. You just have to edit the appropriate buffer: From now on we'll repeat the 2nd sentence back.