Sunday, November 18, 2012

Berowne's 144B

Here – (drum roll) - is The Answer to the Berownial quiz of this week.
In Mantua there’s a chap you may have heard of, name of Romeo.
At the moment, he is devastated. He has just learned that Juliet is dead. (Not true, but he doesn’t know that.) Despondent, he decides to end it all.
“Is it even so? Then I defy you, stars! Juliet, I will lie with thee to-night… Let's see for means. I do remember an apothecary…”
The apothecary’s shop is in very poor shape. Business has obviously been terrible.
“Noting this penury, to myself I said If a man did need a poison now, Whose sale is present death in Mantua, Here lives a sorry wretch would sell it him.”
To the druggist, obviously a desperate man, he says:
“I see that thou art poor: Hold, there is forty ducats: let me have A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear As will disperse itself through all the veins That the life-weary taker may fall dead.”
“Such mortal drugs I have; but Mantua's law is death to anyone that sells them.”
“The world is not thy friend nor the world's law; The world affords no law to make thee rich; Then be not poor, but break it, and take this.”
“My poverty, but not my will, consents.”
“Romeo and Juliet,” Act 5, Scene 1.

And here's the original post
(For Three-Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "S" is for "Solution")
The prompt above, rough weather gear, reminded me that there are other types of storms – for example, the financial rough weather so many are going through these days. So I had a vision, an idea for another quiz.
The following is my somewhat altered version of a fairly well-known story. Your assignment, should you choose to take it, is: WHICH story?

“Why did you come to me?”
“I read an article in the morning paper. Seems this old drugstore has been around for the last 100 years or so. A local landmark.”
“That’s right. My grandfather started it”
“And now the paper says the town is going to lose the landmark because you’re heading into bankruptcy and closing down the place.”
“Uh – what does any of this have to do with you?”
“Well, I thought I could be of help. I have a plan and I'd like to put it in motion. With the right amount of money you could avoid bankruptcy and fix this place up like new.”
“That’s kind of funny. The bank won’t loan me a cent and you, a drugstore customer I’ve never seen before, are going to loan me enough to pay off everybody? Is that what you’re saying?”
“I’m not going to loan it to you. As you say, I’m a customer. I’ll purchase stuff and pay you well for what I buy.”
“I think I’m beginning to see what you’re getting at. You want me to sell you items of pharmacology that the law prevents me from selling without a doctor’s prescription. And then you’ll give me a large amount of cash.”
“Ha - I couldn’t have phrased it better myself.”
“Listen, I made a little vow to myself long ago. I’ll have nothing to do with druggies. The best thing you could do right now is just leave peacefully.”
“Sure, I’ll leave. But then your future will be nothing but bankruptcy and closing down this fine old store. I can prevent all that with just one business deal.”
“Has it occurred to you, aside from the moral issue, that this would be illegal?”
“No one, absolutely no one, would ever know about it – just you and me.”
“I wouldn’t be able to sleep nights.”
“How many nights are you going to be able to sleep after you lose the store? And a guy your age, the only kind of job you’ll be able to get will have you saying, You want fries with that?”
(A moment's silence) “How – how much money are we talking about?”
“Here. I prepared this envelope. There’s easily more in it than you make in two years. It’s the solution to all your problems.”
“I – I never would have believed I would ever do anything like this. If I do it, I’ll do it under protest.”
“Sure. That’s good. You protest to me and I’ll protest back. Then we’ll both go off and get a good night’s sleep.”
Go on; take a guess. Which story is this based on?
(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings)

45 comments:

jaerose said...

I am terrible at this game..but I love the scene regardless..internal storm is my favourite..what story doesn't have a little of that!

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm not sure...It's A Wonderful Life?

Berowne said...

A very good guess, Tess. But not quite the correct answer...

Stafford Ray said...

Rumpelstiltskin. But of course, the miller's daughter welched on the the deal when her 'saviour' demanded more than was reasonable, as all such 'benefactors' eventually do.

Daydreamertoo said...

I was thinking along the lines pf Tess's answer but then, this guy is as corrupt as his tempter is.
I'm going to go for Citizen Kane.

Kathe W. said...

Berowne- with Tess not guessing correctly I haven't a clue-any hints?

Berowne said...

Kathe W: "Any hints?"
Well, let's see. In the original story, both guys are desperate. Any help?

Berowne said...

daydreamertoo: "I'm going to go for Citizen Kane."
One of the best movies ever made, but not the original story of this quiz.

Linda said...

How about the Godfather? Leaving out the embellishments of the Corleone family, the plot is similar..... selling the family business for drugs. An interesting tale, Berowne. Thanks for sharing this.

Helen said...

Feeling befuddled ... can't guess! I will return for the answer though, keep 'em coming is my motto.

izzy said...

Nope no guess- scary drill though.
Certainly would be hard for someone not to even consider, if they really were desperate...

SilverGardenia said...

I liked how you made it so we could tell the speakers apart, even though there weren't any speech tags. I'm stumped on the story though.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I can't guess at the story but it has the ring of a fairy story. But I enjoyed the tale, in a sorry sort of way.

Berowne said...

SilverGardenia: "Stumped on the story, though."
I'm beginning to think this is really a tough one. But I guarantee that the original story is familiar to everyone who has answered.

Lady In Read said...

My first guesses were 'Citizen Kane' and 'It's a Wonderful Life' but they are not correct, so I will keep thinking (this time!) and hope to get the answer..

Lady In Read said...

and my first thought was 'one more quiz from Berowne, ought to be good' and it is!

CJ said...

Strangers on a Train

Sue said...

This one's too subtle for me, I'm afraid. But I enjoyed reading it!

=)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love the idea of writing about "other" types of storms. Great blog sir!!

Roger Owen Green said...

If it's not It's a Wonderful Life, but that's "close," I'll opt for The Best Years of Our Lives.

Berowne said...

Wonderful to see all these "entries." The correct answer will be posted on Thursday. In the meantime, here's a hint: think more in terms of stories from the theatre.

Kutamun said...

Gday mate, ill have to go with " Faust" , on this one !

Berowne said...

Well thought-out answer, Kutamun, but not, I'm afraid, the correct one. Anyone else like to try?

Karen S. said...

I adore a good mystery- I hope you share the answer- This is quite interesting and if you hadn't said fairy tale- I would have said "from politics today" although Mary and Joseph at the Inn kept popping through my thoughts- but I shall offer, Ferradiddledumday!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Can't guess this Berowne but great story of the paths we sometimes take when the chips are down.

Anna :o]

Margaret said...

Hmm... can't wait to hear the answer!

Berowne said...

Karen S: "if you hadn't said fairy tale..."
If I had said fairy tale - and I don't believe I did - it would have been an unfortunate error.

Jesh StG said...

No idea, Berowne! Hope you can sleep at Thanksgiving -have a good one:)

Carrie Burtt said...

I haven't a clue.....look forward to finding out. :-)

Leslie: said...

It's a takeoff of Faust, isn't it? He sells his soul to the devil.

Leslie
abcw team

ninotaziz said...

I have come back three times.

2 guys. Desperate. Theatre.

I still have no clue!

Will come back for the answer.

Mama Pajama said...

no idea. I wouldn't take the money, either.

Berowne said...

Leslie: "It's a takeoff of Faust, isn't it?"
Well, with a work of the theatre you're certainly on the right track. But I'm afraid it's not the correct answer.

Dave King said...

Jack and the Beanstalk, but of course that can't be right! Pass! Great tale, though.

Sheilagh Lee said...

I have no idea what story but great story Berowne.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

That was rather a feeble protest!

Will You Think of Me?

Kat Mortensen said...

It sounds rather Faustian, but that's as far as I get.

Berowne said...

I hope you folks will all put down that turkey leg for a moment tomorrow and drop by to check out The Answer.

zanzinece said...

Most intriguing, Good Sir! It’s a rather desperate situation, I see, so many shots at the pot and no joy. Here's my shot: The Merchant of Venice. Nicely written story, by the way : )

writersdaybook said...

I love the challenge. I know it isn't It's A Wonderful Life, that was a bank. Can you give us a decade? Or do we just have to wait until Thursday.

Tumblewords: said...

I haven't a clue, so I'll return.

Tumblewords: said...

But, of course.

ninotaziz said...

Berowne, I am angry at myself! You said it was theatre. And you do spin a pretty Shakespeare play very now and then.

Now the most famous drugstore in any Shakespearean play surely was that apothecary shop.

And I have read Romeo and Juliet almost as often as The Merchant of Venice!

I just did not see it!

~T~ said...

Oh, dear, I read the answer first. Your version fits pretty well, though!

Helen said...

Well .... if Ninot didn't see it, I don't feel like an underachiever.

 
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