Doctors are used to getting calls at any hour. One night a man phoned, waking me up. “I’m sorry to bother you so late,” he said, “but I think my wife has appendicitis.”

Still half asleep, I reminded him that I had taken his wife’s inflamed appendix out a couple of years before. “Whoever heard of a second appendix?” I asked.

“You may not have heard of a second appendix,” he replied, “but surely you’ve heard of a second wife.”

Vocabulary Help

  • at any hour – a qualquer hora
  • get calls – receber telefonemas
  • half asleep – meio dormindo
  • hear (hear, heard, heard) – ouvir
  • remind – lembrar
  • reply – responder
  • take out – remover
  • wake up – acordar
  • wife – esposa