A priest wanted to sell bibles so he asked for volunteers to go door-to-door and sell them for $10 each. Peter, Paul and Louie decided to volunteer for the task. While Peter and Paul were both respected salesmen in the town, the priest had doubts about Louie because of his terrible stutter. Not wanting to discourage poor Louie, the priest decided to let him try anyway.
After the first day of sales, Peter proudly handed the priest an envelope. “Father, using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here’s the 200 dollars I collected on behalf of the church.”
Paul smiled proudly and said, “I am a professional salesman and was happy to give the church the benefit of my sales expertise. Last week I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and here’s $280.”
Louie silently offered the priest a large envelope. “What is this?” the priest exclaimed. “Louie, there’s $3,200 in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door, in just one week?” Louie just nodded.
“That’s impossible!” both Peter and Paul said in unison. “We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many bibles as we could.”
“I think you’d better explain how you managed to do accomplish this, Louie,” the priest enquired.
Louie shrugged. “I-I-I- re-re-really do-do-don’t kn-kn-know “f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,” he stammered. “A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was,” Louis replied, “W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks —o-o-o-or— wo-wo-would yo-you j-j-j-justl-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you?”