[00:02.67]Thirteen equals one
[00:11.67]Was the vicar pleased that the clock was striking? Why?
[00:19.01]Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another,
[00:23.74]but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church clock repaired.
[00:29.44]The big clock which used to strike the hours day and night
[00:33.98]was damaged many years ago and has been silent ever since.
[00:39.43]One night,however,our vicar woke up with a start:the clock was striking the hours!
[00:47.48]Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one o'clock,
[00:51.97]but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped.
[00:56.03]Armed with a torch,the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what was going on.
[01:03.30]In the torchlight,
[01:04.39]he caught sight of a figure whom he immediately recognized as Bill Wilkins,our local grocer.
[01:12.77]'Whatever are you doing up here Bill?' asked the vicar in surprise.
[01:18.40]'I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill.
[01:22.06]'I've been coming up here night after night for weeks now.
[01:25.70]You see,I was hoping to give you a surprise.'
[01:30.04]'You certainly did give me a surprise!' said the vicar.
[01:33.68]'You've probably woken up everyone in the village as well.
[01:37.58]Still,I'm glad the bell is working again.'
[01:42.05]'That's the trouble, vicar,'answered Bill. 'It's working all right,
[01:46.87]but I'm afraid that at one o'clock it will strike thirteen times
[01:51.86]and there's nothing I can do about it.'
[01:54.71]'We'll get used to that,Bill,'said the vicar.
[01:57.62]'Thirteen is not as good as one,but it's better than nothing.
[02:01.96]Now let's go downstairs and have a cup of tea.'