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The Bracelet

A wealthy woman who was traveling overseas saw a bracelet she thought was irresistible, so she sent her husband this cable: “Have found wonderful bracelet. Price $75,000. May I buy it?”

Her husband promptly wired back this response: “No, price too high.”

But the cable operator omitted the comma, so the woman received this message: “No price too high.” Elated, she purchased the bracelet. Needless to say, at her return her husband was dismayed. It was just a little thing—a comma—but what a difference it made!

Leslie B. Flynn, The Twelve