All of us like to be told stories. That is the first reason they should be told, and a very good one too, especially as it includes a number of hints as to how to tell a story. Why is a story much funnier when it is told to us than when we read it in the “joke page” of the magazine? Obviously because of the personality accompanying it. As Sara Cone Bryant has put it, “When you make a story your own and tell it, the listener gets the story *plus your appreciation of it.* It comes to him filtered through your own enjoyment.” We are all interested in people, in each other. So the sympathy between the teller and the hearer is not only a source of pleasure to them both, but a distinct help to the story. It is one thing to hear a story and have a general idea, and another to know it well enough to tell it.