Sunday, May 31, 2015

272 Quiz Answer


 
In “As You Like It,” a chap named Orlando is in love with beautiful Rosalind.  He writes poetry that he hangs on trees for her to find.
Orlando is one of the few Shakespeare characters to be named after a Florida city.
(The above sentence is an attempt at humor and may be ignored.)

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "U" is for "Ulrich")

The following scenelet should remind you of a well-known play.  Which play?

“Looks like you’ve been up to your old tricks, Ulrich, making a mess of things.”

“I’m sorry to hear you say that, sir.”

“You must hate this school.  It’s as though you’re trying to get thrown out.”

“Oh no, sir.  I deeply love the school.  I – er – don’t have it quite clear in my mind just what rule I seem to have broken.”

“The rule is, don’t make a mess of things!  The Dean is almost frantic, very upset.  It would appear that you don’t have much of a future in this institution.”

“Again, if you could let me know just what…”

“Go outside and look!  The quad is supposed to be immaculate.  Those trees are the pride and joy of Dean Dirksen and they’re just covered with – with detritus!”

“Ah, I see.  But that’s not detritus, sir, whatever that is.  It’s a new project of mine for English Lit.”

“You’re doing an English Literature project and you don’t know what detritus is?  It’s litter, Ulrich, it’s rubble.  And you’ve covered the Dean’s trees with it.”

“Well, hardly ‘covered.’ sir.  There are just some pieces of paper on the trees; that’s all it amounts to.”

“I’m afraid to ask this, but why in God’s name would you be hanging pieces of paper on trees?”

“Well, I became absorbed in this idea for a new way to submit a paper in English Lit.  Innovation is important, sir, as you know.  I would write some poems on small pieces of paper – haiku, sonnets, villanelles, whatever – and instead of turning them in during class I’d sort of post them on the trees in the quad”

“Well, that is an idea, Ulrich, though possibly the dumbest one I’ve heard all year.”

“But you see, sir, there’s a reason.  Truth is, I have fallen in love with a beautiful girl named Madge in my Social Studies class.  I wrote all the poetry for her.  She’ll come across my poems in the trees and she’ll be thrilled.  So this will accomplish two things: I’ll get to know her better and when I submit the verses in my English class I should get a special grade.”

(Dryly) "Yes, I believe you will.”

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)

 
 

28 comments:

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I'm sorely tempted to cheat because it's so familiar yet no! It's on the tip of my tongue and the cat's got it! Lol! I'll have to peek later enjoy your week!

Berowne said...

Thanx, Bekkie. H'mm; looks like this is a tough one.

Altonian said...

Still thinking Berowne. Haven't got it yet, but still trying. This is a 'toughie'!

Cat-tails: here be wagging tales said...

Good Will Hunting?

Helena said...

Hmmmm......I may just crack this later.......puts me in mind of something my son did in high school!

Kathe W. said...

I have absolutely no idea...you have stumped us all so far!!!!

Berowne said...

If I mentioned it was a Shakespeare play, would that help?

De said...

I love this little snippet, though I'm ashamed to say I don't know which Shake it's from.

Strummed Words said...

One of the Shakespearean comedies....As You Like It?

Black Jack's Carol said...

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" has Orlando placing poetry in the trees to impress Rosalind.

kaykuala said...

Scoured clues given still got me stumped. Good one Berowne!

Hank

Truedessa said...

Berowne - This one is tough..hanging poems from a tree is a a splendid thought.

Kutamun said...

Nobody predicted young Hans Ulrich Rudel would go on to be one of the most decorated Nazi Stuka pilots of world war 2, often destroying an entire soviet armoured division before lunch ( only to be confronted by 10 more after lunch) . After the war, he escaped to Argentina and was drafted by the U.S airforce to assist in the design of the famous ( and still going ) A10 Warthog ground attack aircraft .....

rel said...

I'll go out on a limb here and suggest; As-You-Like-It?

Berowne said...

We have some winners! Strummed Words, Black Jack's Carol and rel all have come up with the correct answer.

Old Egg said...

"Run, run, Orlando, on every tree carve praises of her beauty, her virtue, and her inexpressibility" so says Orlando in "As you like it".

Roger Owen Green said...

no idea!

ROG, ABCW

Berowne said...

Old Egg, as we knew he would, has also given us the right answer.

Jae Rose said...

I too have no clue - but still enjoyed it thoroughly!

Berowne said...

What a fine comment; thanx, Jae R.

Karen S. said...

As You Like It! ?

Sheilagh Lee said...

I have no idea but your posts are always interesting

Berowne said...

Welcome to Karen S, who has just stepped up with the correct answer.

Lmkazmierczak said...

A sure test on my ignorance of plays in general...stumped♪

Theresa Milstein said...

This is so familiar. Urg!

Anita said...

Such a great idea to impress ladylove & also to improve grades :)
No idea about the answer...

Trubes said...

I'm totally stumped Berowne...random thought of Harry Potter, although I'm not too familiar with the stories, then you did say a play... so that's Potter out, then I thought of Shakespeare... totally in the dark !

Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Tess Kincaid said...

All that comes to mind is Love's Labour's Lost...

 
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