FOUR STRANGERS ON A
Four strangers traveled together in
the same compartment of a European train. Two men and
two women faced each other. One woman was a very wealthy
and sophisticated 70 year old lady who
was decked out in the finest of furs and jewelry. Next
to her Sat a beautiful young woman, nineteen years
old--who looked like something right off the cover of a
fashion magazine. Across from the older lady was a very
mature looking man in his mid-forties who was a highly
decorated Sergeant Major in the Army. Next to the
Sergeant Major sat a young private fresh out of boot
As these four strangers traveled, they talked and
chatted about trivial things until they entered an
unlighted tunnel, and there they sat in complete
darkness and total silence, until the sound of a
distinct kiss broke the silence; following the kiss a
loud slap could be heard throughout the cabin.
In the ensuing period of silence the four strangers
sat quietly with their own thoughts.
The older lady was thinking, "Isn't it wonderful that
even in this permissive day and age there are still
young women who have a little self-respect and dignity?"
The young woman, shaking her head and greatly
puzzled, asked herself, "Why in the world would any man
in his right mind want to kiss an old fossil like that
when I'm sitting here?"
The Sergeant Major, rubbing his sore face, was
outraged that any woman could ever think that a man in
his position would try to sneak a kiss in the dark.
The private, grinning from ear to ear, was thinking,
"What a wonderful world this is when a private can kiss
the back of his hand and then smack a Sergeant Major in
the face and get away with it!"