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Can you give examples of humor in the story "A Horse and Two Goats"?  

Examples of humor in "A horse and two goats" include the fact that the wife had gained the upper hand over her husband in physical altercations. In addition, the exchange between Muni and the foreigner, in which neither can understand the other due to a language barrier, is hilarious.

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The majority of this book deals with some fairly heavy going topics such as the ramifications of child marriage and poverty. However, between the doom and gloom, there are some definite laughs to be had. For me, the first smile came when the author revealed that while Muni "had thrashed [his wife] only a few times", she later gained "the upper hand."

The part of the story in which hilarity ensues, however, comes later, when Muni is sitting and resting by a statue near the highway. Suddenly, a vehicle stops right in front of Muni, and a "red-faced foreigner" steps out and starts asking Muni where the nearest gas station is. He then notices the clay horse, which he immediately decides he must own. Given that the foreigner only speaks English, and Muni only speaks Tamil, the two cannot understand one another at all. A complete fail at intercultural communication follows.

Muni is highly suspicious and frightened of the visitor, thinking that he is here to have him arrested and that the...

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