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Sabrina Surprised

Male Point of View , October 1957

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When two men and a woman are involved,
it's probably just as well that chivalry is dead.

The next time your girlfriend complains that foreign men are more chivalrous than Americans, don't believe her. The truth is that Europeans are far less chivalrous as this documented story shows.

For this is the tale of Sabrina, English TV's blonde bombshell, and of what happened when her buddies Frank (Howerd) and Derek (who is he? Nigel suggests it's Derek Roy) decided chivalry was for the birds. As you read this sitting in a crowded bus with females standing around you, be glad that, as an American, you know how to treat women properly.

It all began as a happy stroll by the sea. Frank and Derek were getting to know their holiday playmate, Sabrina. Then she saw a chair

Sabrina, Frankie Howerd, Derek Roy (?)

and just had to have a rest. The two hapless males

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insisted on being chivalrous; both wanted the honour of giving Sabrina a seat. Like all women, Sabrina wanted to have a fuss made over her. Why settle an argument in a friendly fashion, she figured, when a little blood-letting would add so much interest? Helpfully, she suggested they settle it all with a duel.

Sabrina, Frankie Howerd, Derek Roy (?)

Derek and Frank should have known better.. But with a blonde like Sabrina around, it's hard to think straight. Having lined them up

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she gave the signal

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for the battle to begin. Just like a woman, Sabrina simply stood there looking pleased, urging them on whenever they slackened in their deadly thrust and parry. After three hours of unceasing combat, still no blood had been spilled. Said Sabrina, "You boys have disapppointed me. You're both still alive."

Sabrina's comment cooled the boys down considerably. They stopped trying to make mincemeat of each other and pondered what to do next.

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Then, a gleam came into their weary eyes. They realised that chivalry - rather than themselves - was better off dead. And so, with an inspired flash, they settled the argument in a way that came as a complete surprise to Sabrina.

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And as they walked off, Frank said, "Man, from now on, no more of this chivalry jazz."


I'm not sure about Derek's inclinations, but I find it less than surprising that Frankie Howerd can dispatch Sabrina and walk off into the sunset with his arm around another man :-)

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