Sunday, March 2, 2014

209 Quiz Answer

 
The answer: "Harvey"

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "H" is for "Herbert")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question.  In a pensive mood I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a well-known production – as a play and as a film.  What’s its name?

“You have examined my brother Herbert?”

“Examined?  Well, I guess you could say that.  It was actually more of a pleasant conversation.  We chatted about various things.”

“Doctor, you mustn’t let him pull the wool over your eyes and try to get you to think he’s just another normal person.  That's not credible; he is not normal.”

“I’m going to have to ask you to let me be the judge of that.  There’s no such thing as a totally normal individual, but your brother comes close.”

“I knew this would happen.  Herb knows how to turn on the charm and be rational with a specialist like you, but once he’s out that door he’ll get back to acting like he usually does, which, believe me, is kind of crazy.”

“I’m afraid you have a tendency to exaggerate.  Here, let’s check his file.  It seems you’re upset because your brother returns to an infantile state from time to time.”

“Especially after he’s knocked back a couple of drinks.”

“Well, there you are.  That’s probably your explanation, right there.  Surely you’re aware that there are men, somewhat befuddled by inebriation, who will put a lampshade on their heads and dance about singing childish songs – though I’ve never actually done it myself.”

“No, no.  That’s not it.  That’s not what he does.”

“H’mm.  In the file it seems that what you object to is how your brother, a grown man, is devoted to stuffed plush animals, like a small child.  Having a favorite toy plush teddy bear is, of course, somewhat unusual for an adult, but I imagine research would show that quite a number of grownups find comfort or solace in such an arrangement.”

“But that’s the point.  To him, it’s not a toy.  And it’s not a bear.  It’s a real, living creature.”

“Have you considered just letting this be?  If this is what your brother wants to do, if this is his fantasy, why not let him have it?”

“Because he walks around with this thing and it makes him act real strange.  People who meet him for the first time come away thinking he’s kind of decrepit; in other words completely loony-tunes.”

“Let’s set up a meeting.  Have your brother come to my office; I want to examine that plush companion of his.”

“Wouldn’t do any good.”

“Why not?”

“Well, a key point is, his ‘plush companion,’ as you put it, is totally invisible to anyone except him.”

 

23 comments:

Kathe W. said...

Harvey!!!!!! Silly rabbit!

Roger Owen Green said...

Maybe an invisible rabbit? Harvey.

Other Mary said...

It makes me think of Harvey.

naturgesetz said...

Sounds like "Harvey" to me.

Berowne said...

Kathe W, Other Mary, Roger Owen Green and naturgesetz all came up with the right answer.

Meryl said...

Is it Harvey? Where the protagonist sees a large rabbit, Harvey?

Tess Kincaid said...

I don't know...the only thing that comes to mind is "Harvey"...

Berowne said...

Tess Kincaid and Meryl both provided us with the correct answerl

Leslie: said...

Harvey with Jimmy Stewart?

Helena said...

I haven't seen the film since I was a VERY young girl but for some reason Harvey (starring James Stewart) is shouting at me........probably shouting that I've got it wrong, but that's my guess anyhow!

Berowne said...

Two more with the right answer: Helena and Leslie...

Truedessa said...

Hmm, one day I will get one of these..smiling..always interesting..

Sheilagh Lee said...

Harvey

Berowne said...

Congrats, Sheilagh Lee, another with the correct answer.

oldegg said...

This sounds like Harvey. What a great film this was in the 1950's with James Stewart.

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Altonian said...

This just has to be 'Harvey'.
Didn't the doctor want him for himself in the end?

Karen S. said...

Well, this reminded me of the movie and play, Harvey?

Berowne said...

Karen S, Altonian and oldegg have all coughed up the right answer.

uberrhund said...

Ahhh, I think this is about that charming rabbit "Harvey".

Berowne said...

Uberrhund is the latest to give us the right answer.

Helena said...

YAY! This has made my Saturday night!!

Other Mary said...

Thank you B. I love that movie. :o)

 
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