Added on: 31st Oct 2014
On route home after a night's drinking,
Jack encounters the Devil and tricks him into climbing a tree.
A quick-thinking Jack etches the sign of the cross into the bark,
thus trapping the Devil. Jack strikes a bargain that Satan
can never claim his soul. After a life of sin, drink and
mendacity, Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies.
Keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell
and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him.
It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed
out turnip to stop it from going out, since which time
Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest.