Jokes for all occasions: reliability

The Southern lady saw old ‘Rastus setting out with his fishing tackle for a day on the river, and she deemed it a fitting time to rebuke him for his notorious idleness, since she and everybody else knew that the entire family was supported by the industry of ‘Rastus’ old wife as a washerwoman.

“‘Rastus,” she said severely, “do you think it’s right to leave your wife hard at work over the washtub while you pass your time fishing?”

“Yassum, ma’am,” replied the old darky earnestly. “It’s all right. Mah wife don’ need any watchin’. She’ll wuk jes’ as hard as if I was dah.”