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Sermon Illustrations: Humour

In London, just four days before his [Nelson's] thirty-ninth birthday, his investiture as a Knight of the Bath by the king in person was the highlight of his return, and gave him the chance of a graceful and useful compliment to a colleague. 'You have lost your right arm!' the sharp-eyed king remarked. 'But not my right hand,' Nelson replied, 'as I have the honour of presenting Captain Berry', and with his left arm pushed his pleased and embarrassed junior forward.1

1 Howarth, David & Howarth, Stephen Nelson: The Immortal Memory p183