Tue 17 Dec, 2002 06:50 pm
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
Just then, an armless man approached him and announced that he was
there to apply for the bell ringer's 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, 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 rushed to
When he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen
figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only momentsmbefore.
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. "I don't know
...."but his face sure rings a bell"
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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 honor his life by allowing me to
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
moaned, clutched at his chest, twirled around, and died on the spot.
The 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 . . . .
.. . . . Here it comes . . . .
"He's a dead ringer for his brother."
Misti, you should be smacked for that one!!!!
Wilso, best offer I've had all day:)
Just before the accident Quasimodo drops into a bar after work. He asks the barman for a whiskey.
The barman says, "Bells OK?"
Says Quasi, "Look, I don't talk about your goddam job, so don't mention mine!".
or Quasi's bailed up at a Chinese restuarant when the cops arrive.
"Officer", says our hero, "tell them I haven't stolen their wok!".