Mr. Peck has long had a weakness for going out with the boys. Though a married man, he has not been able to fully control the craving for a little game of pinochle. His wife grows tired of these regular sessions and puts her font down hard. "No more." Peck, however, must get out so he resorts to that effective subterfuge, "a sick friend." It goes, and he is allowed until ten to return. At ten o'clock the game is just getting warm and a breakaway is impossible. Mrs. Peck has begun to doubt the truth of the "sick friend" story, and starts out after the renegade Peck, making tracks towards the nearest café. Entering, she loudly insists that the manager present her husband. Peck, who is in the back room, hears her voice, and diving out the back way, beats it for home, while the Madam is searching for him. Getting into bed, after putting the clock on a couple of hours, he is apparently asleep when she returns. Aroused by her entrance, he with mock dignity, demands, "Woman, where have you ...
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