At last he had to sell his farm but even this did not bring him in money enough to pay his debts and he was worse off than ever. Among those who had lent money to Farmer Meanwell were Sir Thomas Gripe and a Farmer named Graspall. Sir Thomas was a very rich man indeed and Farmer Graspall had more money than he could possibly use. But they were both very greedy and covetous and particularly hard on those who owed them anything. Farmer Graspall abused Farmer Meanwell and called him all sorts of dreadful names but the rich Sir Thomas Gripe was more cruel still and wanted the poor debtor shut up in jail.