Sunday, July 21, 2013

178 Quiz Answer


This week’s quiz answer.
Eeyore is a character in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. He is generally characterized as a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed old grey stuffed donkey who is a friend of the title character, Winnie-the-Pooh.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "B" is for "bleak")

Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question:
“We’ve been thinking about setting up an intervention for one of our friends, but we don’t know how to go about it.  So we thought you’d be the natural one to ask.”

“Well, I’ve been involved in several interventions, but I’m far from the expert on the topic.  So often these days interventions are used because the subject suffers from drug addiction.  Your job is to convince him to check into a rehabilition center for treatment.”

“No, that wouldn’t apply in this case.  We’re pretty sure he’s not ‘using.’”

“Then he’s probably a boozer.  By the way, what’s his name?” 

“We’d rather not give his name.  Could we just refer to him as ‘the subject’?  And I would be derelict if I didn't mention that his problem has nothing to do with alcohol.”

“Okay, let’s see.  He’s into gambling in a big way?”

“Nope, not that either.  I apologize for not coming straight to the point.  Our friend, the subject, is  – well, he wanders about gloomy and depressed, almost all the time.  He always has this bleak outlook.  He’s a manic-depressive except that there’s no manic; just the other thing.”

“And you’ve talked to him about this?”

“Yeah, but he won’t change.  He’s stubborn as a mule, which come to think of it he resembles in a number of ways.  He’s been our friend for years – because basically he’s a pretty decent sort – but we’re all tired of his attitude.”

“From what you’ve said, my guess would be that he likes to live alone?  And he’s probably always in gray; no bright colors?”

“Right, exactly.  He lives off in an area known as Hundred-Acre Wood.  When we drop around he always says he’s glad to see us, but he sure doesn’t act like it.” 

“And that gloominess affects others?  Members of your group show signs of cognitive vulnerability?”

“Uh, I – of what?”

“In other words, he makes others gloomy too?”

“Right.”

“Well, there’s probably no nearby institution you could check him into – not that it matters because it would seem the subject would refuse to go.  And there's no way to medicate the problem.  My advice is, he’s your friend so why not just accept him as he is?”

(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings.)

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: give us the name of “the subject”?

39 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Sounds like Woody Allen in several films, but the 100-Acre reference suggests Eeyore!

kaykuala said...

It's Winnie the Pooh is it not, Berowne!

Hank

oldegg said...

Could this be Eyeore in Winnie the Pooh?

Berowne said...

Kaykuala, oldegg and Roger Owen Green have started us off with the correct answer.

Altonian said...

He was quite happy with the card-board box he got as a present. He could put things in, and take things out. That's Eeyore the donkey I'm talking about.

Berowne said...

Altonian has just coughed up the right answer.

Lady In Read said...

at last! something i knew right away! Eeyore - I love him:)

Berowne said...

Welcome to the Lady in Read, who has just joined us with the right answer.

Susan Lindquist said...

Gotta be Winnie the Pooh

Berowne said...

To Susan Lindquist and kaykuala, could you be a little more specific?

naturgesetz said...

Haven't the foggiest.

kaykuala said...

Got it! Depressed, slow talking and looking like a mule, Eeyore of course! Thanks Berowne!

Hank

Kathe W. said...

Poor Eeyore! Always looking at the down side! Even Pooh cannot cheer him up!

brenda w said...

Eeyore. Thanks for noticing him.

Berowne said...

Kathe W and Brenda W have both joined us with the correct answer.

zanzinece said...

Hi Berowne, thanks so much for stopping by my on-and-mostly-off site and leaving a comment!

Now here's my 178 quiz answer: Eeyore

Berowne said...

Zanzinece has just checked in with the correct answer.

Frankie Jay said...

Very cute, took a bit of thinking this one, Eyeore, from Winnie the Pooh.

Berowne said...

Another "winner." Frankie Jay has the right answer.

Trellissimo said...

My friends the Trellises of Abergele, North Wales, UK think your subject this week is Eeyore, depressive donkey pal of Winnie The Pooh, Roo etc.

Anonymous said...

Eeyore! Couldn't be Poo.

Gerry said...

Eeyore! Couldn't be Poo.

Berowne said...

Two right answers, one from Trellissimo and one from Gerry, and one more from "Anonymous." (Wonder who that could be?)

Carver said...

As usual I don't have the answer but I enjoyed the post. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Hildred said...

How about Eeyore? He seems to fit the bill...one of my favourite characters...

Doctor FTSE said...

"Hundred Acre Wood" is a huge clue, Mr.B. Without it I doubt I'd have spotted a glum donkey called Eeyore.

Berowne said...

Doc FTSE and Hildred have both just joined our merry band with the right answer.

Meryl said...

Hundred Acre Woods...Winnie the Pooh and it must be Eyeore who needs the intervention.

Leslie: said...

Eeyore! :(

Berowne said...

Leslie and Meryl have just coughed up the right answer. Who's next?

uberrhund said...

Eeyore! He is my very favorite creature from the Hundred Acre Wood. Loyal, kind, quiet all the things a girl could ask for in a donkey sort of friend.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

The House at Pooh Corner, Eeyore. Loved this book; still revisit it. I have NO useful trivia on this one, Berowne, surprise, except that Sterling Holloway supplied the voice of Winnie-the-Pooh. Amy

Berowne said...

Sharp Little Pencil and uberrhund have both stepped up with the right answer.

Sheilagh Lee said...

Eeyore the donkey in Winnie the Pooh

Berowne said...

Sheilagh Lee is the latest to give us the correct answer.

Mishla M said...

He must be a poet. Perhaps the Bard?

Kutamun said...

His name is Jonn Constantine, ergo, Mellon Colly and the Infinite Sadness !

mindlovemisery said...

This one I would have totally gotten! Too bad I was late, this is fantastic reminds me a bit of The Tao of Pooh or maybe The Te of Piglet the style of writing

Bee's Blog said...

I cannot believe that I didn`t get this!! Time to reread classics.

 
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