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 ringer's job. The bishop was incredulous.
'You have no arms !'
'No matter,' said the man. 'Observe !'
began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the
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
As they silently parted to let the bishop through, one of
'Bishop, who was this man ?'.
'I don't know his name,' the
bishop sadly replied,
BUT HIS FACE RINGS A BELL'
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