Sunday, October 12, 2014

241 Quiz Answer

Romeo believes, mistakenly, that Juliet is dead; he is devastated.
He decides that he does not want to live without Juliet, and says "I will lie with thee tonight".  He sees an apothecary and asks him for a deadly drug.  (Act V of “Romeo and Juliet”)
(Akso for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "N" is for "Neal")
A bleak story for you this week.
Neal is depressed because he has learned that the girl he loves has just died.  He wants to do away with himself too.  He goes to a drugstore to try to get some poison that will do the job.  I wrote the following scenelet because I thought it might remind you of a Shakespeare play.  Which play?
“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  He was a gifted pharmacist."
“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.”
“I couldn’t have phrased it better myself.”
“Listen, I made an intense  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 this fine old store will rot away. 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?'”
“How – how much money are we talking about?”
“Here. I prepared this envelope. There’s enough in it to solve all your problems.”
“I – I never would have believed I could do anything like this. If I do it, I’ll do it under protest.”
“Sure.  Then you go off and get a good night’s sleep – and I’ll get a good long sleep.”
(The answer will be posted Saturday)
 

22 comments:

Altonian said...

For never was a story of more woe,

than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Berowne said...

Hail, Altonian! First with the right answer.

Helen said...

Romeo and Juliet.

Berowne said...

Helen has just joined us with the correct answer.

Kathe W. said...

Romeo and Juliet?
and thanks for your nice comment today! Cheers!

oldegg said...

Romeo and Juliet me thinks.

Berowne said...

Two more with the right answer: Kathe W and oldegg.

Kutamun said...

Faust - great write , too

ninotaziz said...

Romeo and Juliet!

Susan Anderson said...

Doctor Faustus?

Berowne said...

Ninotaziz has just coughed up the correct answer.

Roger Owen Green said...

nope, no idea. thought of ROMEO AND JULIET...

Berowne said...

Roger Owen Green wrote that he had no idea. Turned out he did have an idea - the right one!

rel said...

Since no one has proffered my guess I'll say "The Merchant of Venice?"

Karen S. said...

Oh no, bleak?! I must refrain but shall return for the answer! "I love long life better than figs!" WS ...and I like figs a lot!

Other Mary said...

I just don't know.

Sheilagh Lee said...

Romeo and Juliet

Berowne said...

It's Sheilagh Lee with the right answer this time...

mojowritin said...

I enjoyed the scene, but not being a fan of Shakespeare I'm struggling with who it might be. First thoughts were either Shylock or Romeo and Juliet, but I suspect I am wrong.

Trubes said...



Hamlet or Julius Caesar ?

best wishes,

Di x

Berowne said...

Welcome, mojowritin! You came up with the right answer.

Carrie Van Horn said...

N is for "not" sure. :-) Thanks Berowne

 
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