Bob and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while
they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Bob suddenly jumped into
the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled
When the Director of Nursing became aware of Edna's heroic act, she
immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now
considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, "Edna, I have good news
and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged; since you were
able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of
another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound-mindedness.
The bad news is that Bob, the patient you saved, hung himself in his
bathroom with the belt to his robe right after you saved him. I am so
sorry, but he's dead."
Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself . . . I put him there to dry.
How soon can I go home?"