Itinerant Preacher: — “Well, Friend, you haven't found the pearl of great price:”
Working Party: — “Well, Friend, you don’t look as if you'd done much in that line.”

One for him. Source: Fun (13 August 1864): 224. Source: Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it The “pearl of great price” is salvation and consequent eternal life for the believer “purchased” by Christ’s suffering and death. The annoyed workman, who just wants to smoke his cigarette or cigar in peace, responds (as any pagan might) by taking the evangelist’s literally. —  George P. Landow

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