Friday, January 14, 2011

One from Will and Guy, that I call a groaner.

** Quasimodo's Replacement **

After Quasimodo's death, Bishop Thomas of the cathedral of Notre Dame sent word through the streets of Paris that a new bell ringer was needed. The bishop decided that he would conduct the interviews personally and went up into the belfry to begin the screening process.

After observing while several applicants demonstrated their skills, he decided to call it a day.

Just then a lone, armless man approached him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringer's job.

Bishop Thomas was incredulous. 'You have no arms.'

'No matter,' said the man, 'observe!' He then began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the carillon. The bishop listened in astonishment, convinced that he had finally found a suitable replacement for Quasimodo. Suddenly, while rushing forward to strike a bell, the armless man tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window to his death in the street below.

The stunned bishop immediately rushed down the stairways. When he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only moments before. As they silently parted to let the bishop through, one of them asked, 'Bishop, who was this man?'

'I don't know his name,' the bishop sadly replied, 'but his face rings a bell.'

... Part 2

The next day, despite the sadness of the unfortunate death of the armless campanologist, the bishop continued his interviews for the bell ringer of Notre Dame.

The first man to approach him said, 'Your Excellency, I am the brother of the poor armless wretch that fell to his death from this very belfry yesterday. I pray that you will honour my brother's life by allowing me to replace him as your esteemed bell ringer'.

The bishop agreed to give the man an audition and, as the armless man's brother stooped to pick up a mallet to strike the first bell, he groaned, clutched at his chest, twirled around, and died on the spot.

A monk, hearing the bishop's cries of grief at this second tragedy, rushed up the stairs to his side. 'What has happened? Who is this man?' the monk asked breathlessly.

'I don't know his name', sighed the distraught bishop, but...
'He's a dead ringer for his brother'.


Clytie said...

You're right - I groaned!

Then I went back and caught up with the ones I missed and spent the past few minutes giggling, groaning, laughing and totally enjoying my morning!

Arkansas Patti said...

Yep, that is me groaning :))

Lady Di Tn said...

Oh my goodness. The next time I hear those phrases, I will LOL and people will think I am crazy. Peace

Country Mouse Studio said...

I'm always amazed at how people can weave a story around a phrase like that. :O)

ChrisJ said...

Great 'shaggy dog stories'!

The Mulligan Family said...

Oh Groan, is right! But I chuckled nonetheless. :-)

I hope that 2011 is starting off well for you. I haven't been blogging OR reading the blogs much lately. I don't know where the time goes.

Thank you for the cute e-cards during the holidays.
Lots of hugs,

Margaret Cloud said...

This is a nice story, I like the phrase the Bishop used for both deaths.