Quote by Charles Lamb
The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
This quote suggests that when someone tells a funny story or joke, there is some level of flexibility or creative license that is permitted. As listeners, we don't necessarily demand complete accuracy or undeniable facts in humorous narratives. We are satisfied with receiving a less-than-absolute truth, as long as it inspires joy, amusement, or entertainment. This implies that humor involves a certain freedom to embellish or modify the truth in order to elicit laughter and enjoyment.
The male has been persuaded to assume a certain onerous and disagreeable role with the promise of rewards -- material and psychological. Women may in the first place even have put it into his head. BE A MAN! may have been, metaphorically, what Eve uttered at the critical moment in the garden of Eden.