Geoffrey decides to see his GP to talk about his wife Hilda.
When he gets to see him, he says, “Doctor, I think my wife is deaf because she never hears me the first time and always asks me to repeat things.”
“Well,” the doctor replied, “go home and tonight stand about 15 feet from her and say something to her. If she doesn’t reply, move about 5 feet closer and say it again. Keep doing this so that we’ll get an idea about the severity of her deafness.”
Sure enough, Geoffrey goes home and does exactly as instructed.
He starts off standing about 15 feet from Hilda in the kitchen as she is chopping some vegetables and says, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
He hears no response.
He moves about 5 feet closer and asks again.
He moves 5 feet closer. Still no reply.
He gets fed up and moves right behind her, about an inch away, and asks loudly, “What’s for dinner, love?”
Hilda replies, “For the fourth time, vegetable stew!”