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Grenouille: Knock, knock!
Me: Who’s there?
G: Boo.
Me: Boo who?
G: Don’t cry, it’s only a joke.  (G falls about laughing).  Mum, why aren’t you laughing?
Me: Well, I know it’s your favourite joke, and you find it very funny, but I’ve heard it so many times, the funny has sort of worn off for me.
G: Tell me a joke I don’t know.
Me: Um, OK, why did the boy throw the clock out of the window?
G (full of confidence about the structure of this one):  I don’t know, why did the boy throw the clock out of the window?
Me: Because he wanted to see time fly.
Pause.  G’s face is absolutely expressionless.  Then the brows draw together slightly.  I tense.
G:  
What happened to the clock?

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