“Porter,” says the captain, “I want you to bring my red jacket.”
“Why your red jacket, Sir?” replies the porter.
“Well, you see…” the captain explains, “I wear my red jacket into battle so that during the fight, when I get injured, my men don’t see me bleed and lose morale.”
After the battle, the captain returns triumphantly with his men, and they spend the rest of the night celebrating. The next day, the captain learns of an impending counterattack by the enemy of which his army has no chance of winning.
Knowing this, the porter asks, “Captain, should I bring your red jacket?”
“Yes…” the captain responds, and after a moment’s hesitation, he adds, “…and bring my brown pants as well.”