In the days when you couldn't count on a public facility to ...
In the days when you couldn't count on a public facility to have

indoor plumbing, an English woman was planning a trip to Europe.



She was registered to stay in a small guest house owned by the

local schoolmaster. She was concerned as to whether the guest

house contained a WC. In England, a bathroom is commonly called

a WC which stands for water closet. She wrote the schoolmaster

inquiring into the location of the nearest WC.



The school master, not fluent in English, asked the local priest

if he knew the meaning of WC. Together they pondered possible

meanings of the letters and concluded that the lady wanted to

know if there was a "Wayside Chapel" near the house . . . a

bathroom never entered their minds. So the schoolmaster wrote

the following reply:



Dear Madam,

I take great pleasure in informing you that the WC is located 9

miles from the house. It is located in the middle of a grove of

pine trees, surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of

holding 229 people and is open on Sundays and Thursdays. As

there are many people expected in the summer months, I suggest

you arrive early. There is, however, plenty of standing room.

This is an unfortunate situation especially if you are in the

habit of going regularly.



It may be of some interest to you that my daughter was married

in the WC as it was there that she met her husband. It was a

wonderful event. There were 10 people in every seat. It was

wonderful to see the expressions on their faces. My wife, sadly,

has been ill and unable to go recently. It has been almost a

year since she went last, which pains her greatly.



You will be pleased to know that many people bring their lunch

and make a day of it. Others prefer to wait till the last minute

and arrive just in time! I would recommend your ladyship plan to

go on a Thursday as there is an organ accompaniment. The

acoustics are excellent and even the most delicate sounds can be

heard everywhere.



The newest addition is a bell which rings every time a person

enters. We are holding a bazaar to provide plush seats for all

since many feel it is long needed. I look forward to escorting

you there myself and seating you in a place where you can be

seen by all.



With deepest regards,

The Schoolmaster


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