The young Swedish au pair had been working for the Schmitts for more
than a year. While hardworking and efficient, she still struggled
with English. One day she told Mrs. Schmitt that she had received
good news from her boyfriend Sven. "He is coming visit me from army
next week!" "That's wonderful," the woman replied. "How long is his
furlough?" "Oh," the young woman said, "about long as Mr. Schmitt's.
Maybe little thicker."