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Walking The Path with Brother Theophyle
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Brother Theopyle is speaking into the telephone. "Dinner on Friday? That sounds lovely. But unfortunately, I can’t. You see, my uncle died again, and I have to attend his funeral.”
Surprised, Rabbit asks, "Say what? Your uncle died … again?”
Theo replies, “Yea, well, here’s the thing. I don't much like dining out with others. Too much drinking and gossiping and fussing about. But I don’t know how to say that.”
Rabbit suggests, “Why don't you just say, ‘No, thank you’?”
Editor’s Note: We offer this cartoon with a grateful bow to Jules Renard, who reminds us, “The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse”.