A sedate English dowager, intending to spend a brief vacation in Switzerland, wrote to the manager of a small hotel to reserve a room. The room did not have to be luxurious but it must she insisted, be close to a "WC". Being unfamiliar with the term "WC" the innkeeper consulted the local parish priest. After puzzling over the letters the priest finally concluded, "She must mean our Wayside Chapel".

Pleased with this information the inn-keeper hastened to write the good lady. Dear madame: I am pleased to inform you that we have a lovely room reserved for you and that there is a "WC" nearby. For the convenience of our guests, it is open not only on Sundays but also on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Furthermore, it is located only two miles from the inn in a beautiful grove of pine trees which gives the visitor a feeling of quiet serenity. We will be pleased to arrange transportation.

It may surprise you to know that our "WC" can accommodate 100 people at a single sitting. But it is a good idea to go early in order to get a good seat as sometimes only standing room is available, which is rather hard on some of the older ladies.

I would suggest that madame arrange to go on Thursday when there is an organ recital. Although, the building dates back to the 10th century, the acoustics are excellent and even the most delicate sound is clearly audible in the remotest corner of the edifice. It may interest you to know that our daughter first met her future husband in the "WC".

We are proud of our unusual bell, donated by a wealthy visitors which chimes whenever someone contributes an unusually large offering. Unfortunately, my wife is in a rather delicate condition and has been unable to attend regularly. In fact, it is almost a year since she has gone to the "WC" and this pains her very much.

Please let me know if you wish a reserved seat. There is a small service charge but you get an upholstered seat. We suggest you bring your camera because on occasion the ceremonies in the "WC" can be very colorful. Some come overburdened, others despondent and discouraged, but all leave satisfied.

Your obedient servants,

The Innkeeper


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