Jim &Edna were both patients
in a mental hospital. One day while they were
walking past the hospital swimming pool Jim slipped &fell into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool &stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in,
swam to the bottom &pulled Jim out.
When the medical director became aware of Edna's heroic act, he ordered her
to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally
He went to Edna &said, "Edna, I have good news &bad news. The good news is
you're being discharged. Since you were able to rationally respond to a
crisis by saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your
action showed you to be of sound mind.
"The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hanged himself right afterwards
in the bathroom. I'm sorry, but Jim's dead."
Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself. I put him there to dry. How soon can
I go home?
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