41. A Wife's Singing

The wife said to her husband: “How is it that every time I start singing, you leave the house immediately? What is wrong with you?”

“Nothing is wrong with me, but I must say that I am afraid of my friends’ opinion, of my neighbours’ opinion.”

“What do you mean?”

“When you start singing, I wish to tell you that I am compelled to leave the house because you don’t sing at all. You just weep and scream. And what do my neighbours and friends think? They immediately think that I have been thrashing you. I don’t want to lose my reputation. I don’t want to be a bad husband.”