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The Parson & the Clerk
Dawlish, Devon


Ambition rather than sympathy prompted a certain priest to make frequent journeys to Dawlish, where the Bishop of Exeter lay ill. His clerk usually made a competent guide, but one night the weather was so stormy that both lost their way. Angrily the priest remarked that the Devil would make a better guide. Just then a peasant appeared on a moorland pony, and led the way to a brightly lighted house, where the parson and the clerk drank and ate amongst a strange looking company. But in the morning, before either man had time to ride away, the house disappeared, and both were drowned by the inrushing sea.

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