A WEALTHY man, noted during his lifetime for his selfishness and meanness, died and arrived outside the Heavenly Gates. He was disconcerted to find that before entering, he was required to explain why he should deserve admission. So he told Saint Peter how once, on a cold winter's day, he had given two pence to an old lady who was starving, and on another occasion, he had given a penny to a little boy whose parents had been killed in a revolution. Saint Peter transmitted this information to Gabriel and inquired, 'What shall I do with this applicant?' Gabriel said, 'Give him his three pence back and tell him to go to hell.'
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