The man and The women are arguing about women being more scared than men. "A spirited discussion springs up between a young girl who insists that women have outgrown the jump-on-a-chair-at-the-sight-of-a-mouse era and a colonel who says they haven't."
The american notices a weird expression come over the hostesses face. She whispers something to the native boy. " As he looks, he sees a strange expression come over the hostesses face. With a slight gesture she summons the native boy." His eyes widen."
The native boy puts out a bowl of milk. In india a bowl of milk only means 1 thing the is a snake. "Of the guests, none except the american notices ths or sees the boy place a bowl of Milk on the veranda. The American comes to with a start. In India milk in a bowl only means one thing- Bait for a snake."
The American Scientist tells everyone there is a snake in the room but they must stay calm. "I want to know just how much control everyone at this table, I will count to three-hundred not one of you is too move a muscle those who move will fore fit fifty rupees.
A snake slithers out from underneath the table and headed for the bowl of milk. "He is saying 280 when, out of the corner of his eye, he sees the cobra emerge and head for the bowl of milk."
The colonel screams and shuts the door, everyone is relieved that the snake is gone. But the snake was on the hostesses foot the whole time. "Screams ring out as he jumps to slam the veranda doors safely shut. “You were right, Colonel!” the host exclaims. “A man has just shown us an example of perfect control.” “Just a minute,” the American says, turning to his hostess. “Mrs. Wynnes, how did you know that cobra was in the room?” A faint smile lights up the woman’s face as she replies: “Because it was crawling across my foot.”