A Highwayman confronted a Traveler, and covering him with a firearm, shouted: ‘Your money or your life!’
‘My good friend,’ said the Traveler, ‘according to the terms of your demand my money will save my life, my life my money; you imply that you will take one or the other, but not both. If that is what you mean please be good enough to take my life.’
‘That is not what I mean,’ said the Highwayman; ‘you cannot save your money by giving up your life.’
‘Then take it anyhow,’ the Traveler said. ‘If it will not save my money it is good for nothing.’
The Highwayman was so pleased with the Traveler’s philosophy and wit that he took him into partnership and this splendid combination of talent started a newspaper.
— Ambrose Bierce, Fantastic Fables, 1899