The True Story* of Dr. & Mrs. P. Vandertramp
|Dr. & Mrs. P. Vandertramp - circa 1890|
|This story is of Dr. & Mrs. P.
Vandertramp, a couple which lived in the house of Ítre. Their
house was in Paris close to the Seine river. Everybody knew
that for the best doctor care, they would call on Dr. Vandertramp.
One day, Dr. Vandertramp was tending to a sick little student who
was suffering with a terrible headache. The headache was caused
because he did not know the verbs that use Ítre in the past tense.
Just as luck would have it, Mrs. Vandertramp came home and noticed
the sick student. Mrs. Vandertramp spent some time during the
American Civil War helping soldiers learn the French language.
"Maybe my wife can help you," said
Dr. Vandertramp. "She taught French for many years."
So Mrs. Vandertramp agreed to help the student with his problem. She showed the student a mnemonic device that he could use for the test. The device was based on the doctor's name.
|After the student saw the device, his headache amazingly disappeared! "I think I can do it," cried the student, as he rushed home to study the device. The student returned a week later to let the couple know that he received an A on the test, and that his parents were so proud of him! His parents had recently moved to France from America, and they wanted their son to succeed. To show their gratitude, the parents baked the Vandertramps a beautiful American apple pie! And the rest, as they say, is history...|
* This story is pure fiction. Any names or pictures used living or dead is purely coincidental.