Sunday, August 4, 2013

180 Quiz Answer


Here's the quiz answer.

The courtship between Beatrice and Benedict is one of the things that makes the play Much Ado About Nothing so memorable.
Bea and Ben are constantly arguing, wittily, but Will Shakespeare makes it clear that they don’t really mean the spiteful remarks and are actually crazy about each other.

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "D" is for "Dolores")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question.
I wrote the following; I thought it might suggest a Shakespeare play.  Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: name the play.

Dolores and Dave can’t stand each other.
Dave:  “Ah, Dolores!  Here she comes, to bring some bright sunshine into my life!  Or, more likely, some crummy storm clouds.”

Dolores:  “Don’t worry; I don’t enjoy these visits any more than you do.  I was sent here with a message for you.”

“And of course the rule is, we should not shoot the messenger.  Though we may be able to work out an exception in your case.”

“Ha!  Such dazzling wit.  All the more surprising because the remarks come from one so intellectually challenged.”

“Another Dolores insult; I won't quibble; I’ll add it to the long list I have of them.  All originals, no duplicates.  Nothing I enjoy more in the evening than to sit by the fire, my dog in my mouth and my pipe at my feet, to sift through your insults.  They’re like a book of memories!”

“Glad you appreciate them, Dave.  You deserve them.”

“You are a remarkable young woman, to be able to combine such an unpleasant personality with such an unappealing physical appearance.”

“Your self-absorbed personality, on the other hand, has given the word ‘repellent’ new meaning.  And don’t worry about my physical appearance; I do all right, if you follow my meaning.”

“Yes, of course.  I know that quite a few chaps seem to prefer a full-figured woman.”

“Ha.  I’d rather be a full-figured woman than a bone-headed man – of which there seems to be at least one in the immediate vicinity.  Well, I won't go berserk over it.  Anyway, the message is, it’s time to join the company for lunch.  So there; I can leave now.”

“Well, since we have taken care of the social niceties and sparkling repartee, will you do me the dubious honor of allowing me to accompany you?”

“The dubiousness is all mine.”
(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings.)

 

33 comments:

Frankie Jay said...

Immediate thought is "Taming of the Shrew".

Berowne said...

A good guess, but not quite the right answer,

kaykuala said...

Not lean and hungry like Cassius ...Julius Caesar it is!

Hank

Bee's Blog said...

Much Ado About Nothing ??

Tess Kincaid said...

Much Ado About Nothing...

Helen said...

Much Ado About Nothing ???

Doctor FTSE said...

Ha! Glad you allowed Frankie's comment, Mr.B. I thought you were Taming the Shrew, too. I'll think again.

Berowne said...

Helen, Tess Kincaid and Bee's Blog (and prsumably Bee) have all given us the correct answer.

Altonian said...

I would think this is Much Ado About Nothing - right?

Berowne said...

Altonian has just joined us with the right answer.



































Sharp Little Pencil said...

Antony and Cleopatra? Seems about right for their verbal jousting. Same as Liz and Dick in the '63 version that busted up both their marriages! Amy

jaerose said...

Dave and Delores..I bet Shakespeare would be using those names should he be alive! This is a cerebral challenge in the midst of my blogging absence..i will come back for the answer!

Kutamun said...

They seem quite tame compared to some !
Well written Berowne

Lyn said...

Full figured woman/ bone-headed man, indeed! Maybe "Much Ado About Nothing?"

gautami tripathy said...

:D

existentialism

Helena said...

I'd probably have said Julius Caesar, too! I'm stumped! Much better on film scripts.....(says the gal who has had only one correct so far!)

Berowne said...

Answer will be posted Thursday.

Heidi said...

Much Ado About Nothing?

Lydia said...

Oh my, I think I will say "Ditto" to jaerose's comment, because I too have had a blogging absence (which in no way is a real excuse -- in my case -- for not recognizing this play!
This is so hilarious: ". . .to sit by the fire, my dog in my mouth and my pipe at my feet, to sift through your insults." :)
I am anxious to know the answer.

Berowne said...

Heidi and Lyn have joined us with the right answer.

Cressida de Nova said...

" The Taming Of The Shrew"

Roger Owen Green said...

Nope, no idea. I thought Shrew, or Tony & Cleo...

Leslie: said...

Henry IV?

Sheilagh Lee said...

Much Ado about Nothing

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

My guess is "Much Ado..." Instead of Beatrix and Benedic you have Dave and Dolores and while their insults are more 'modern' they're sharp just the same.

Berowne said...

Sheilagh Lee and Meryl Jaffe, PhD, are the latest to come up with the correct answer.

oldegg said...

I haven't done any research but it might be "All's well that ends well" or not perhaps, you will tell me soon enough.

Carol Forrester said...

Much Ado About Nothing.
Benedict and Beatrice.

Berowne said...

Carol Forrester has just joined us with the correct answer. Welcome...

Kathe W. said...

I'm late to the party! and I'm stumped....Taming of the Shrew????

Margaret said...

Much Ado About Nothing... my son and I both said that half way through :)

Sharp LIttle Pencil said...

OH, man, Berowne, and I just saw the movie!! (Yes, I read the play first!) Amy

Lydia said...

Good to know!

 
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