Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim
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 Jim out.
When the director of nursing became aware of Edna's heroic act, she
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;
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
good judgment and sound mindedness. The bad news is that Jim, the patient
you saved, hung himself in his bathroom with the belt to his robe right
after you saved him. I am sorry, but he's dead.
Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself. I
put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?"