Qui Feynman è straordinario, comico e sempre intelligente. Problema: come rifiutare in modo deciso un po’ irriverente ma non offensivo? ecco, qui c’è un esempio.
A week later I got a letter from her. I opened it, and the first sentence said, “The salary they were offering was , a tremendous amount of money, three or four times what I was making. Staggering! Her letter continued, “I told you the salary before you could read any further. Maybe now you want to recon- sider, because they’ve told me the position is still open, and we’d very much like to have you.”
So I wrote them back a letter that said, “After reading the salary, I’ve decided that I must refuse. The reason I have to refuse a salary like that is I would be able to do what I’ve always wanted to do - get a wonderful mistress, put her up in an apartment, buy her nice things… With the salary you have offered, I could actually do that, and I know what would happen to me. I’d worry about her, what she’s doing; I’d get into arguments when I come home, and so on. All this bother would make me uncomfortable and unhappy. I wouldn’t be able to do physics well, and it would be a big mess! What I’ve always wanted to do would be bad for me, so I’ve decided that I can’t accept your offer.”