Do you call that a hat? 你把那个叫帽子吗？
‘Do you call that a hat?’ I said to my wife.
‘You needn’t be so rude about it,’ my wife answered as she looked at herself in the
I sat down on one of those modern chairs with holes in it and waited. We had been in
the hat shop for half an hour and my wife was still in front of the mirror.
‘We mustn’t buy things we don’t need,’ I remarked suddenly. I regretted saying it
almost at once.
‘You needn’t have said that,’ my wife answered. ‘I needn’t remind you of that terrible
tie you bought yesterday.’
‘I find it beautiful,’ I said. ‘A man can never have too many ties.’
‘And a woman can’t have too many hats,’ she answered.
Ten minutes later we walked out of the shop together. My wife was wearing a hat that
looked like a lighthouse!