A man who had asked his guest to stay for a cup of tea sent his servant to
borrow some tea leaves from his neighbor.
When the water started to boil he poured in some water, waiting for the return
of the servant. Before long, the water started boiling again, so he had to pour
in some more water. This was repeated several times until the cauldron was full
and the servant still failed to come back. At this point, the man's wife
suggested to him:
"Since this gentleman is an intimate friend of yours, you might as well ask
him to take a bath instead. "