A Little Culture  

HardlyYours4Now 53M
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8/31/2005 4:55 pm

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A Little Culture


Most people don't know about the alternate ending Victor Hugo wrote for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." As a public service, I am providing that information translated directly from the original French. As we join the story, Quasimodo has just fallen to his death at the doors of Notre Dame...

The crowd was shocked to silence, then slowly, in ones and twos, melted away. The bishop walked out, shaking his head sadly to see this gruesome ending.

Walking from beside the church appeared a man - though the crowd might have called him a monster. Indeed, his visage was nearly identical to the recently deceased Quasimodo.

He walked up to the mangled body, then his hump shook as he began to cry. "My brother - my poor brother," he sobbed. The bishop was shocked, and stepped forward to see the man face to face. "Tragic," said the bishop, "he was an exellent employee."

"Then I shall take my brother's place," said the stranger.

"Are you experienced in bell towers?" asked the bishop.

"Yes, yes. All three of my brothers and I have distinct styles in our craft; but, oui, I am also a bell ringer."

"And what is your distinct style?" asked the bishop.

"It might be best if I show you," said the newcomer.

They climbed the narrow steps to the top of the southern tower, and the stranger stepped back from the bells. Then he charged and struck the great bell with his head, setting it to ringing across the city. He backed up, and rammed the bell again, and again, ringing eight of the nine bells for the appointed hour.

On the final approach, he missed the bell, and plunged to the courtyard below. He landed inches from his brother.

Then a couple walked up. "Who is this man?" asked the woman.


"I don't know," said the man, "but he's a dead ringer for the other guy."

ProtonicMan 49M

8/31/2005 10:28 pm

Here is a slight variation on the alternate ending. Which one is right? I think it depends on which translation you read.


"Who is this man?" asked the woman.

"I don't know," said the man, "but his face sure rings a bell."

TJ


rm_DaphneR 59F
8023 posts
8/31/2005 11:20 pm

GROAN and groan again for the comment left by Protonic. Oh guys, laugh, that is BAD!

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.


HardlyYours4Now 53M

9/1/2005 1:48 am

protonic - I screwed up the joke. THAT's why the brothers were mentioned. Oh, well...have to let it stand as is, I suppose.


HardlyYours4Now 53M

9/1/2005 1:49 am

Daphne -

There are times I am just as happy to hear a woman groan as to hear her moan.

This isn't one of them, but I suppose this'll have to do.


AlbertPrince 59M

9/1/2005 4:13 am

And then the third brother turns up, distraught at the deaths of his brothers. The woman takes pity on him, as he has obviously never been with a woman before. she leads him to her bed but as they are making love she looks at him, realises how ugly he is and throws up.
"What was that?" asks Quasitrido.
"I'm sorry" she replies "I've been sick"
"Thank fuck for that" he says "I thought my hump had burst"


HardlyYours4Now 53M

9/1/2005 4:31 pm

Hey, whose blog is this, anyway?


AlbertPrince 59M

9/2/2005 3:26 am

Quasimodo? The name rings a bell


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