Sunday, February 1, 2015

256 Quiz Answer

The answer is Richard III.  Lady Anne Neville is Prince Edward's widow and the daughter-in-law of the late King.  Although she knows Richard is the "fiend" responsible for her husband and father-in-law's deaths, she allows herself to be manipulated into marrying him.

She is most famous for succumbing to Richard's charms when he successfully woos her...in front of her father-in-law’s corpse.


(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "D" is for "diabolical.")

I wrote the following scenelet, two young women talking together.  Who’s the guy they’re talking about?

“Sit down and relax.  Tell me what’s been going on while I’ve been away.”

“Not much to tell, as far as my story is concerned.  But as for our friend Anne – you know what happened to Anne?”

“Well, I know she was having problems with that same creep.  He kept pursuing her.”

“He’s not pursuing her any more.”

“Good.  I’m glad she got rid of him.”

“H’mm.  I see you’re not up to speed about all that’s happened.  He’s not pursuing her because he got her.  They were married.”

“What?!  Anne marrying that…  Tell me you’re joking!”

“No, it’s unbelievable but true.  I was there when it happened; I saw it all.”

What happened?”

“Well, Anne was at this funeral procession for the death of her father-in-law.  She has had such a miserable time, what with the death of her husband earlier.  And this unspeakable character – after all, he was the one responsible for the old man’s death – he comes up to her and tries to turn on the charm.  Makes you shiver just to think of it.”

“What was her reaction to that?”

“Wild.  Really wild.  She was yelling at him, cursing him, she even spit on him.  He doesn't wilt; he takes it all calmly, continues talking about how he’s in love with her and so on.”

“Incredible.”

“Especially incredible because while this was going on the old man’s corpse was right there a few feet away.”

“The rumors I heard were that he may have been the one who did away with her husband.”

“Turns out those rumors may well be true.”

“But after all that you say she married the beast?  He's diabolical!  How on earth could she ever do such a thing?”

“Well, the guy – you’d have to see it to believe it – he seems to be able to talk anyone into anything.  He went on with how special she was and how it was a pure, true love he felt for her and how much he desired her.  Then to top it off – get this – he blamed her for all the bad things that had happened, saying that she was so wonderful, so beautiful, that he just couldn’t help himself.  So it was her fault.” 

26 comments:

Old Egg said...

This could be David and Bathsheba who ordered her husband into battle.

Eddie Bluelights said...

A bit of a long shot:

Casanova

. . . but it could apply to many jerks out there . . . . they still seem to get away with blue murder. Women seem to find them irresistible . . . lol

keiths ramblings said...

The only thing I can say with certainty is that it wasn't me. Honestly!

Kathe W. said...

Off with her head!
It's gotta be Henry the VIII!

naturgesetz said...

I'm stumped. I'll let you know if I come up with anything.

Roger Owen Green said...

I suppose it's Richard III, but boy, it's similar to lots of other stories (Playboy of the Western World, e.g.)

Gail said...

I do not have a clue but will not go as far to volunteer I am clueless.

Thanks for stopping by. I see we have similar senses of humor.

I shall read your quiz again. I have only been right one time.

Berowne said...

Remarkable. So far Roger Owen Green, all three names of him, is the only one with the right answer. Congrats.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Henry VIII

Kathe W. said...

Dang! It must be Richard III?

Doctor FTSE said...

I think they are talking about Shakespeare's Richard III. BTW - there is no truth in the rumour that he escaped from Bosworth field on a bicycle.

rel said...

Richard Burton?

Berowne said...

Two more have joined the ranks of those with the correct answer: Kathe W and Doc FTSE.

Kutamun said...

For Ronald and Nancy Raegan , jt wasnt exactly love at first sight !

Trubes said...

Petruchio
in Shakespeare's
The Taming of The Shrew

Best wishes
Di.

ABCW team

Reader Wil said...

I think Roger is a very clever guy! I really don't know who these people in the story are, although the story is very intriguing! Thanks for this story!
Wil, ABCW Team

Terri B said...

No clue, but shame, shame on that harlot..falling in love with the fiend who killed her husband!! I will be back to see who the dirty deeders are.

ellen b said...

Yikes, I'm one of those people that doesn't like to guess and have my guess be wrong. I know such a chicken. It does make me wonder and I hope to catch the answer later...

Anita said...

I imagine movie-stars :)

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

tulika singh said...

No clue. Wish Saturday was closer.

The Blog of Bee said...

Shakespeare's Richard 111.

keiths ramblings said...

One day I might just work it out! Nice story though!!!

Berowne said...

Felicitations to Blog of Bee, who has just joined the happy few with the correct answer.

Altonian said...

Only just came here in time; nearly forgot this week. This is Richard, Duke of Gloucester, wooing Anne. "Was ever woman in such humour wooed? Was ever woman in such humour won?" A scene from Shakespeare's Richard III.

Berowne said...

Altonian has just stepped up with the right answer.

 
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