Eb asked Abby if she would walk across the frozen part of the cove to the general store and get him some tobacco and beer.
She asked him for some money, but he told her, “Nah, just put it on our tab. Old man Stacey won’t mind.”
So Abby, being the good wife and Eb’s true love, walked across the ice, got the tobacco and beer at the store and then walked back home across the cove.
When she got home with the items she said, “Eb, you always tell me not to run up the tab at Stacey’s store. Why didn’t you just give me some money?”
Eb replied, “Well, m’dear, I didn’t want to send you out there with cash when I wasn’t sure how thick the ice was!”