For days the villagers had rumored: a respected man was with someone other than his wife. Gossip quickly mounted and spread.
Soon Ip'id caught an earful by a nosy neighbor, who elaborated on moral principle and his own sound benediction of marriage.
In response, Ip'id merely said, "Wait." And that was that in his mind.
The nosy neighbor responded, "Fool! He's proven himself unfaithful - and in public."
And Ip'id said, "Wait."
Just then the man in question walked with the women and the nosy neighbor spoke harshly to them." How dare you cheat with this wench, and in public. Shame upon you!" The neighbor turned quickly and triumphantly to Ip'id. "See! Now do you believe me!?!"
"Wait." Ip'id said.
"Ip'id," the respected man recognized his friend, "may I introduce my sister..." he spoke at ease.
A week later, the villagers began gossiping about the nosy neighbor and how he rushed to judgment.