Harry was in a difficult position. His friend borrowed six hundred dollars from him, but Harry had nothing in writing as proof. And, since the loan, his friend was just barely friendly. Desperate, Harry finally asked his father’s advice.
“Don’t fret, son,” his father advised, “just write him a short note saying you need the one thousand two hundred dollars he owes you at once.”
“You mean the six hundred dollars,” Harry interrupted.
“No! Just stick to one thousand two hundred and he will write back to say that he only owes you six hundred dollars. Then you will have your proof in writing!”