There was once a parson who was such a blusterer that whenever he saw anyone come driving towards him on the way , he would roar from afar: "Off the road! Here comes the parson himself" Once when he was carrying on like this, he met the king. "Off the road! Off the road!" he shouted a long way off, but the king kept on driving straight ahead. So, for once, the parson had to turn his horse aside. And when the king came alongside he said, "Tomorrow you shall come to the court. And if you can't answer three questions I'm going to put to you, you shall lose both frock and collar for the sake of your pride". This was quite a different time from what the parson was used to. Bluster and bellow he could, and carry on worse than bad, too. But question-and-answer was out of his field. So he went to the sexton, who was said to have a better head on his shoulders than the parson, and told him that he wasn't keen on going, "for one fool can ask more than ten wise men can answer," he said. And so he got the sexton to go in his place. Well, the sexton went; and he came to the royal manor dressed in the parson's frock and ruff collar. The king met him out on the porch, wearing both crown and scepter, and looking so grand he fairly shone. "So you're there, are you?" said the king. Yes he was…. That was sure enough. "Now, tell me first", said the king, "how far is it from east to west?" "That's a day's journey, that is," said the sexton. "How so?" asked the king. "we…ll, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and does it nicely n a day," said the Sexton "All right," said the king. "But tell me now, what do you think I'm worth, just as you see me here?" "Let's see, Christ was valued at thirty pieces of silver, so I'd better not set you any higher that….twenty-nine," said the sexton "Mmmmm!" said the king. "Well, since you're so wise on all counts, tell me what I',, thinking now!" "Oh, I suppose you're thinking that it is the parson who's standing here before you. But I'm sorry to say you're wrong, for it's the sexton!". "Aha! Then og home with you, and you be parson and let him be sexton!" said the king And so it was!