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gist (JIST) (noun)
The essence or main point of a matter: Shelby's opening speech at the inquest provided the gist of the issues to be reviewed.
grist (GRIST) (noun)
1. Grain, or a quantity of grain, for grinding: The farmer delivered corn to the mill to become grist or cornmeal.
2. Something that can be used to one's advantage: As a writer, Pete's friend, Trina, regards her difficult childhood experiences as grist for the mill; that is, she considers such experiences as examples which she can use in her novel.
jest (JEST) (noun)
A frivolous comment made to communicate mockery rather than precise truth: Bill's jest about the speaker was considered to be in poor taste.

The gist of the story involved the difficult experience that the farmer had when he tried to deliver the grist for milling.

This is not a story that should be told in jest because it is related to the farmer's precarious livelihood.