Jim lamented to his friend Larry that all the excitement had gone out of his marriage.

“That often happens when people have been married for ten years, like you,” said Larry. “Have you ever considered having an affair? That might put a bit of life back into your relationship.”

“No, I couldn’t possibly do that,” said Jim. “It’s immoral.”

“Get real,” said Larry. “This is the twenty-first century. These things happen all the time.”

“But what if my wife found out?”

“No problem. Be upfront. Tell her about it in advance.”

Overcoming his initial misgivings, Jim plucked up the courage to break the news to his wife the next morning while she was reading a magazine over breakfast.

“Honey,” he began hesitantly, “I don’t want you to take this the wrong way . . . and please remember that I’m only doing this because I truly, truly love you, otherwise I would never dream of it . . . but I think maybe . . . just possibly . . . having an affair might bring us closer together.”

“Forget it,” said his wife, without even looking up from her magazine. “I’ve tried it, and it’s never worked.”