Ellen’s friend set her up on a blind date with a naval officer named Tom. Things went well. So each time Tom came home on leave, they would spend time together. Tom eventually proposed, and Ellen accepted. Tom gave her a ring and a pin made of signal flags. “It’s pretty,” she said, “What do they mean?” “They say `I love you’ in semaphore,” Tom explained. For the next month, she didn’t take off either item except to shower and sleep. At Christmas, she wore them to a party at the base where Tom was stationed. But as Ellen and Tom mingled, people laughed. Tom told her it was her imagination, and continued to introduce her to people. When Tom introduced her to an admiral, he almost spilled his drink. Ellen demanded to know what was going on. “Why is everyone laughing at me?” she asked. Once again Tom said it was her imagination, and claimed that people were laughing because it was a party.