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How to break bad news



At dawn the telephone rings. "Hello, Master Carlos? This is



country house caretaker

Ah yes, Mr. Arnaldo. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?

"Um, Iam just calling to advise you, sir, that your parrot died"


"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the competition?"

"That's the one."

"Darn! That's such a pity! I spent a small fortune on that

bird. Oh

well...what did he die from?"

"From eating rotten meat."

"Rotten meat? Who was so mean as to give him meat?"

"Nobody. He ate the meat of one of the dead horses."

"Dead horse? What dead horse Mr. Arnaldo?"

"Why those pure breed ones that you had, sir. They died from

all that


pulling the water cart."

"Are you insane? What water cart?"

"The one we used to put out the fire."

"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"

"The one at your house! A candle fell and then the curtain

caught on


"What the.....!!!But theres electricity at te house!!!! What

was the



"For the funeral." "WHAT BLOODY FUNERAL???!!!!!"

"Your mother's! She showed up one night out of the blue and I



was a thief, so I shot her."

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