Comfort the bull

Today's story is about two sisters named Ahlian and AhHuei, both of them inherited the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock.

Upon leaving, Ahhuei tells her sister that when she get there, if she decide to buy the bull, she'll contact Ahlian to drive out after her and haul the bull home. Ahhuei arrives at the man's ranch, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less. After paying him, Ahhuei drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.

She walks into the telegraph office, and says, 'I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I've bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home. The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to help her, then adds, it will cost 99 cents a word. Well, after paying for the bull, Ahhuei realizes that she'll only be able to send her sister one word.

After a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says, I want you to send her the word "comfortable." The operator shakes his head. How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word 'comfortable?'

Ahhuei explains, My sister's Ahlian The word is big. She'll read it very slowly.... 'com-for-da-bul.'


 
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