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    After Quasimodo's death, the bishop 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 several applicants demonstrate their skills, he
    had decided to call it a day. Just then, an armless man approached
    him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringers job.
    The bishop was incredulous.

    'You have no arms !'

    'No matter,' said the man. 'Observe !'

    And he began striking the bells with his face, producing a
    beautiful melody on the carillon. The bishop listened in
    astonishment; convinced he had finally found a replacement for Quasimodo..

    But suddenly, as he rushed forward to strike the bell, the armless man
    tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window to his death in the
    street below.

    The stunned bishop rushed down two hundred and ninety five church
    steps, when he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen
    figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only moment 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,

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    ' .................. BUT HIS FACE RINGS A BELL'

    WAIT ! WAIT ! There's more

    The following day, despite the sadness that weighed heavily on his
    heart due to 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 honour his life by allowing me
    to replace him in this duty.'

    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.

    Two monks, 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 first monk asked

    'I don't know his name,' sighed the distraught bishop, 'but...'

    (. . . Wait for it ...)

    (.. . . It's worth it.. ..)


    Chuck D

    When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
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  • #2
    Too early in the morning for such a good set of groaners. Thanks.

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