Sunday, May 17, 2015

270 Quiz Answer


Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, born in 1869, was a Russian peasant who became a mystical faith healer  for the RussianTsar's family.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "S" is for "scoundrel".)

The following scenelet should suggest a well-known historical figure to you.  Who is it?

“Sir, I’ve prepared a complete report on Brock, everything he’s been doing for the past month along with a lot of intimate background information.”

“Fine.  I know I asked you to do all that - and don’t worry you’ll be paid – but the situation has changed.”

“Changed?  How?”

“As you know, I was convinced that Mr. Brock was a total phony, a sort of con man, but it turns out I was wrong.”

“Well, that’s interesting.  Our investigation convinced us that a total phony is exactly what he is.”

“I know, I know.  But results don’t lie.  He can actually do what he claims he can do.  He worked what was practically a miracle on my son, who as you know has been sick for most of his life.”

“What do the doctors have to say about Brock?”

“The doctors!  Don’t get me started on the doctors!  For years my wife and I went to the best medical specialists in the country and they all said the same thing about Jimmy – sorry, but there’s nothing we can do.”

“And this character, who sort of walked in off the street, cured your son?”

“Not completely.  But when Brock used his unique faith-healing skills Jimmy suddenly got much better.  My wife is overcome with gratitude.  Finally, someone who can actually do something!”

“Sir, I’m sure you know that any serious illness can have brief periods of remission.   Sounds like Brock got the benefit of one of those periods.”

“Don’t try telling that to my wife.  She’s been thirsting for years for an effective healer.”

“But surely someone should tell her that he has no medical training; in fact, he wasn’t able to finish high school.  He’s barely literate.  As far as his position in society is concerned, the guy is just another low-class scoundrel.  He has used this faith-healing routine in the past on a number of people.”

“What do we care about his past?  It’s something to watch him in action.  First off, he’s impressive just in his jagged appearance - he’s six-four or something like that - and you can see he has unusual powers when you get a glimpse of those amazing eyes of his - hypnotic.  And he has a unique language he uses when he’s doing his healing.  My wife is convinced that this is someone who has extraordinary gifts.”

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)   

33 comments:

Kathe W. said...

William Joseph Seymour?

Altonian said...

One person sprang immediately to mind as I was reading your tale, and by the time I finished it I was convinced I was right - so here we go: This was Rasputin, the 'mad monk', who so impressed Russia's Tsarina when he was able to relieve her son Alexei's haemophilia problems. He came to a sticky end, but only after about five tries to kill him off!

Berowne said...

Altonian, as has so often been the case in the past, was first with the correct answer.

Altonian said...

Thanks Berowne! I sort of half suspected that you had someone else in mind as the answer, whilst being pretty sure myself that I was right. I really do enjoy your quizzes - they test my old tired brain. :)

The Blog of Bee said...

Rasputin

Berowne said...

And my old tired brain enjoys such comments - thanks.

Berowne said...

The Blog of Bee has joined us with the correct answer.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm so bad at these!

naturgesetz said...

Rasputin.

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from naturgesetz.

Truedessa said...

Ok, I am pondering I will have to get back with you on this one.

rallentanda said...

Jesus of Nazareth came to mind immediately but he was not 6' 4...
no idea !

Old Egg said...

This surely is Rasputin helping the Czar Nicholas's son Alexei who suffered from hemophilia.

Berowne said...

Old Egg has just coughed up the correct answer.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

This took some getting Berowne, just couldn't grab his name for some while. Rasputin?
Anna :o]

Berowne said...

Another right answer, from hyperCRYPTICal this time.

Reader Wil said...

Hi! Could it be Rasputin?

Wil, ABCW Team

Trubes said...

Rasputin ?

Berowne said...

Reader Wil and Trubes have both given us the correct answer.

Lydia said...

I was going to guess Jesus also (and who knows how tall he was). Your quiz makes me realize how little I know about faith healers, past or present! I will be anxious for the answer.

Kathe W. said...

Smith Wigglesworth? Grasping at straws Berowne....I am stumped!!!
Have a great week!

Karen S. said...

Grigori Rasputin!

Berowne said...

A right answer from Karen S, who even gave us the chap's first name...

Sheilagh Lee said...

the only person I can think of is Jesus

Jae Rose said...

I can only think of Jesus (so to speak)

Berowne said...

Yes, Jesus has received some votes - (but then he always did) - however, he isn't the correct answer for this quiz.

Berowne said...

From Kathy W: "Smith Wigglesworth?" How is old Smithy, by the way? Haven't seen him in ages.

Tess Kincaid said...

Rasputin

Kathe W. said...

Oral Roberts?

Berowne said...

Mme T. Kincaid has just submitted the correct answer.

The Blog of Bee said...

I thought this one was easy. Thank you for continuing these fun, `have to think` posts.

gautami tripathy said...

I liked the post. It does tax the brain!

spectacular in the jagged edges of mind

ChrisJ said...

I think the historical figure who needed the help was King George VI, but I have no idea of the name of his healer -- I want to say 'Mr. Brown' or something innocuous like that, but I think that was Queen Victoria's friend.

 
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