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One day the bell ringer at Notre Dame Cathedral retired and the pastor set about the task of finding a replacement. He put an ad in the newspaper.

The next day there was a knock at the door. Answering it the pastor was greeted by a muscular man with a hunchback. He told the pastor that he was here to answer the ad. The pastor took him up to the bell tower so he could show him what he could do.

Much to the pastor’s surprise, rather than pull the rope, the hunchback rang the bell by hitting it with his face. He told the pastor that it didn’t hurt at all. The pastor hired him on the spot and told him to make sure that he rang the bell once an hour on the hour.

The pastor went out to the local cafe where he sat to see how things went. Things went perfectly the first few hours but 3:00pm came and went with no bells.

The pastor hurried back to the church only to find a large crowd gathered around the body of the bell ringer who had obviously fallen from the tower.

A policeman was there and he asked the pastor, “Do you know who this is?”

The pastor responded, “He never told me his name but his face rings a bell.”

The next day there was a knock at the rectory door and the pastor discovered another man with a hunchback asking to talk with his brother. The priest realized that he must have been talking about the bell ringer who had died the day before and expressed his regrets.

The hunchback told the pastor that he needed a job also and the pastor said that he was more than willing to try him out. He brought him up to the bell tower and then went off to the cafe, again neglecting to get his name.

Just as with his brother the man performed flawlessly but, at 3:00pm, there was no bell. Worried the pastor ran home and again found a crowd gathered around the hunchback’s dead body.

The policeman asked the priest if he knew the man’s name and the priest replied, “No, but he’s a dead ringer for his brother.”


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Written by Gary J Sibio