Fantastic Fables, Ambrose Bierce: The Devoted Widow
The Devoted Widow
A WIDOW weeping on her husband's grave was approached by an Engaging Gentleman who, in a respectful manner, assured her that he had long entertained for her the most tender feelings.
"Wretch!" cried the Widow. "Leave me this instant! Is this a time to talk to me of love?"
"I assure you, madam, that I had not intended to disclose my affection," the Engaging Gentleman humbly explained, "but the power of your beauty has overcome my discretion."
"You should see me when I have not been crying," said the Widow.