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Turnips, pumpkins and stingy Jack?

Wed 25 Oct 2017

Once upon a time, there was a was a man named Stingy Jack he was a miserable, old drunk who one dark, Halloween night, ran into the Devil. The Devil wanted to meet Jack as he had heard of Jacks wicked ways.  

Jack offered the Devil his soul in exchange for a drink. The Devil agreed and they went to an old Inn.

The Devil quickly turned himself into a silver coin to pay the bartender, but Jack immediately snatched the coin and deposited it into his pocket, next to a crucifix he carried. Thus, the Devil could not change himself back and Jack refused to allow the Devil to go free until the Devil had promised not to claim Jack's soul for ten years. 

The Devil agreed, and ten years later Jack again came across the Devil while out walking through a dark forest. 

The Devil tried collecting what he was due, but Jack quickly, said, "I'll go, but before I do, will you get me an apple from that tree?" 

The Devil, thinking he had nothing to lose, climbed up into the tree to retrieve an apple. As soon as he did, Jack placed crosses all around the trunk of the tree, thus trapping the Devil once again.

This time, Jack made the Devil promise that he would not take his soul when he finally died. Seeing no way around his predicament, the Devil agreed. 

When Stingy Jack eventually passed away, he went to the Gates of Heaven but was refused entrance because of his life of sin. So, Jack then went down to Hell, but the Devil kept the promise that had been made to Jack, and would not let him enter. 

"But where can I go?" asked Jack. 

"Back to where you came from!" replied the Devil. 

The way back was dark. Stingy Jack pleaded with the Devil to at least provide him with a light to help find his way.  

The Devil, as a final gesture, tossed Jack an ember straight from the fires of Hell. Jack placed the ember in a hollowed-out of Jack's favourite foods which he always carried around with him. 

From that day forward, Stingy Jack has been doomed to roam the earth without a resting place and with only his lit turnip to light the way in the darkness.




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