Sunday, January 13, 2013

151 Quiz Answer

We've had quite a number of folks who came up with the correct answer this week. It's "The Taming of the Shrew." Congratulations to all.

(For Three-Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "A" is for "agony")
Here’s the weekly Berownial Quiz.
I wrote the following, inspired by one of the well-known Shakespeare plays. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is - this is suggestive of which play?

Dear Mom: You wrote that you were sorry you were unable to attend your grand-daughter’s wedding.
Don’t feel bad about it. Missing her wedding was the best thing you could have done. Unfortunately, I couldn’t miss it; as father of the bride I had to be there.
What a shambles! What a disaster! Jeff shows up wearing cargo shorts and some sort of flip-flops instead of shoes, and he was wearing a T-shirt that read “Brigham Young, Tell ‘Em Nothing” on it.
My guess is no one ever showed up for a wedding dressed like that.
The Reverend Hazelton, who we got, at considerable expense, especially for this ceremony, was ready to pack it all in and leave once he got a good look at Jeff. Who - did I mention? - was also very much under the alfluence of inkohol, if you get what I mean. The slob could hardly walk straight.
Now I know that Ellen has gotten some criticism in her life. They say she’s too “difficult.” Well, she’s a beautiful, luscious young woman who is very outspoken and that does seem to rub some folks the wrong way. She sometimes says things she would later wish she hadn’t said – or at least we wish she hadn’t said.
But she didn’t deserve this kind of dismal wedding. It was agony for me to have to watch the ceremony. I was ready to cancel the whole deal, but she waffled; she said that in spite of everything she wanted to go through with it.
I think that secretly she sort of likes Jeff and that she sees some good in him that I can't see. Well, I guess there’s nothing I can do but wish them the best.
After the “I now pronounce you” speech Jeff picked Ellen up like a sack of Uncle Ben’s rice and walked off with her. God only knows how this marriage is going to work out. It’s not going to be paradise, that’s for sure. I give it three weeks, at the most.
Believe me, Mom, missing Ellen’s wedding is the best thing you could have done. Happy new year from your loving son.

Go on; have a go. The above suggests which Shakespeare play?
(Submitted also to Sunday Scribblings.)

45 comments:

Other Mary said...

Hmmm...all I can think of is "The Taming of the Shrew."

Catfish Tales said...

'Taming of the Shrew'

Berowne said...

Hey, we're starting off with a bang. The correct answer was provided by both Catfish Tales and Other Mary.
Or was it Mary Tales and Other Catfish? :-)
Step up; who's next?

Berowne said...

I'm pleased to add Bee's Blog to those who came up with the right answer.

Altonian said...

This smacks of Taming of the Shrew; now tell me I'm wrong!

SilverGardenia said...

Sounds like Taming of the Shrew to me.

Berowne said...

SilverGardenia and Altonian have just joined the select group who've given us the correct answer.

Kathe W. said...

Taming of the Shrew?

Berowne said...

Chalk up Kathe W as another with the right answer.

naturgesetz said...

The Shaming of the Trew, if you get what I mean.

Nara Malone said...

The Taming of the Shrew?

Berowne said...

A few more winners. Nara Malone and naturgesetz both brought us the correct answer.

zongrik said...

Seems like it might have been a fun wedding, something to talk about, for sure.

Little Nell said...

I'll go with The Taming of the Shrew.

jaerose said...

The only wedding one I can remember is Taming of The Shrew..I enjoyed the scene no matter..there was something to connect with in the characters and I loved the form of the letter..

Helen said...

I enjoy the way you combine the classics with the present!

Berowne said...

Thanks, Helen. A comment much appreciated.

Berowne said...

I'm pleased to add jaerose and Little Nell to the list of those who came up with the right answer.

Karen S. said...

It seems what comes to mind for me, is Much Ado About Nothing! But painfully so I realize I'm behind in my Shakespeare reading!

Lyn said...

This is Will Shakespeare...that Shakespeare? Still working on it..but love your clever effort!

mywordwall said...

This has the "Taming of the Shrew" feel to it. :-)

Berowne said...

Add mywordwall to the distinguished list of folks who've guessed the correct answer.

Nimue said...

always a pleasure to read you !
you got a nice sense of humor !!

Dave King said...

I'm just off to chew a couple of pencils -- I may be back!

Theresa Milstein said...

I have no idea, but I like this modern take on Shakespeare. Sounds like an interesting wedding!

jaerose said...

Yay - I got one right! Thank you Berowne

Mariya Koleva said...

Would it be "The Taming of the Shrew"?
:-) What a shambles LOL

Roger Owen Green said...

THERE are several Billy Shakes stories with wedding themes, but not sure which one this is.


ROG, ABC Wednesday team

agnetha said...

Ooooops! Det verkade inte varit ett roligt bröllop. Synd för kalas ska var kul att gå på. Hoppas att din ångest har släppt nu. Jag blev lite snopen då jag kom in hit till din blogg just i detta onsdagstema. Hade förväntat mig ett foto. Men en text kan ju också vara legitimt. Take care....

Karen S. said...

Actually, I've chewed an entire box of pencils already, just last night. I couldn't possibly read all of his works before...before, oh do tell us soon, I'd hate to have to pull hairs from my head! Hahahaha!

Leslie: said...

I'm guessing "Taming of the Shrew" for this one!

Leslie
abcw team

Berowne said...

A tip of the hat to Mariya Koleva and Leslie - they've both given us the correct answer.

Berowne said...

Agnetha, tack so mycket.

Berowne said...

Hildred and Charles are next, as bloggers with the right answer.

Bee's Blog said...

We seem to be doing well this week!! Pursing of lips and squinting of eyes..............laughing...

Kutamun said...

Richard the third when he lost his head to the serial killer father in law ?

Stan Ski said...

The Complete Works is on my shopping list... reading it is on my things to do list...!

Kate said...

Since I "taught" Hamlet many years to high school students, I guessed it correctly before I read your answer. I think that this would be a good intro to the play to pique the attention of adolescents. I used to do something similar talking about "a graduate student who comes home, and what does he find..." Kate, ABC Team

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea.

christopher said...

Taming of the Shrew of course. Picking her up and carrying her off tips it for me.

Anna :o] said...

Erm, I'll have to think about this one!

Anna :o]

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Taming of the Shrew?

And "under the alfluence of inkohol" is one of the funnier lines I've read lately!! Peace, Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/01/16/armed/

Berowne said...

Two more winners. Christopher and Sharp Little Pencil both gave the right answer.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I had to come back for the answer. Need to brush up on my Shakespeare. Fun quiz!

atob said...

Wish I knew the answer...Nice post

 
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