How the Joke Got Its Punchline
In the beginning the Joke wasn’t a Joke. It was simply a little Story.
One day the Teller called the Story to her and said, “Little Story, you’re big enough now. It’s time for you to go out into the world and search for your Ending.”
So the little Story set off.
It hadn’t gone far when it came across an Ending that had been abandoned by the side of the road and left to rust. The little Story polished it up and found it was a beautiful Classic: And they all lived happily ever after. It quickly tried it on but unfortunately it didn’t quite fit. And so the little Story travelled on until it reached a town, where it sold the Ending to a business for six gold pieces.
This business hired out Endings for a fee of one gold coin. So the little Story handed back a coin and made its selection.
And good heavens it was an exciting Ending! Shootouts and chases and shouting and—
The little Story took off the Ending, had a little lie down and then