Murphy owned a furniture store in Dublin. His business was quite successful and he decided it would be a good idea to expand the line of furniture that he sold in his store.
So he decided to take a trip to Paris to see what other items he could find there to add to his range. He thought that something different to what the other furniture shops in Dublin were selling might be a good idea.
After he arrived in Paris, he visited several furniture manufacturers and selected a line that he thought would sell well back home in Ireland.
To celebrate the success of his mission, Murphy decided to visit a small bar that was near his hotel and have a glass of wine, as you do when you are in France.
As he sat enjoying his wine, he noticed that the small bar was quite crowded and that the other chair at his table was the only vacant seat in the house.
Murphy was enjoying his glass of wine, watching the people in the bar, it being very different to his local pub back home in Dublin, when a very beautiful young Parisian girl came to his table and asked him something in French, which of course Murphy could not understand. So he motioned to the vacant chair and invited her to sit down.
I did say this was a beautiful young Parisian girl and yes she was, but to Murphy from Ireland, where the women don’t have quite the same style as they do in France, she appeared absolutely gorgeous. Of course having had a glass of wine just added to his impression of her.
Well he tried to speak to her in English, but she did not speak his language.
After a couple of minutes of trying to communicate with this gorgeous woman sitting next to him but with no success, Murphy was getting a bit frustrated, but with a bit of quick Irish thinking, he took a napkin and drew a picture of a wine glass and showed it to her. The girl nodded, so he ordered a glass of wine for her and another for himself.
After sitting together at the table for a while and still struggling to communicate, Murphy took another napkin, drew a picture of a plate with food on it and showed it to the girl.
She nodded, so they left the bar and found a quiet cafe that had a small group who were playing romantic music.
They ordered dinner, after which he took another napkin and drew a picture of a couple dancing.
The girl nodded and they got up to dance.
As the evening wore on, the music became slower and the dancing became more romantic. Soon they were dancing cheek to cheek and Murphy was in love.
They danced until the cafe closed, the music stopped and the band was packing up to go home.
Back at their table, the young lady took a napkin and on it she drew a picture of a four poster bed.
To this day, Murphy has no idea how she figured out he was in the furniture business.
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