Sunday, September 27, 2015

287 Quiz Answer

In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, in his lust for power, has his old friend Banquo murdered.  But Banquo later shows up at the banquet in Act Three.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "L" is for Leader)
The following should suggest a certain well-known play to you.  Which play?
What excitement was around my home last week!  The huge promotion I finally received was a life-changer.
And not just for me.  My wife got a big kick out of it too.  She immediately began thoughtlessly spending money like a sunken draylor and she scheduled a big banquet to which she invited everybody who is even remotely anybody.
Well, why not?  After years of struggle, I finally reached the position I believe I deserve.  Our family will be dodging no more bill-collectors.
Though frankly, I was a bit uptight about all of this because the cost of that banquet was kind of scary.  Two complete musical groups were necessary?  One hip-hop and the other string quartets?  (I’m not sure my wife is familiar with the word “pretentious.”)  The ice sculpture alone cost what once could have been a working-stiff’s annual salary.  Oh well, let her have her fun.  She put up with me through all the lean times in the past.
Say what you will, it was wonderful when the leading figures of our region arrived and told me how happy they were now that I’m the one in charge.  And then I proceeded to knock everyone’s socks off by serving them a banquet old Chef Escoffier would have been proud of.
Of course, the banquet could be criticized as basically political.  But then, what isn’t?  It was important to make sure everyone understands that now I very solidly occupy the job of leader - the leader - and that there are no challengers.  Also, I wanted to stamp out those ridiculous rumors that I somehow achieved my high position through some sort of skullduggery.
Yes, no question, it was a night to remember.  So why do I feel woozy and apathetic about it now?  Well, it’s because of Ed Bixler.  I know, I know; Ed’s been dead for quite some time.  But the point is, he was there, at the banquet.  I saw him.
This makes me feel weird and that maybe I might be drifting over into some kind of psychologically-disturbed mindset because – no one else could see him. 
The answer will be posted Saturday.

 

 

24 comments:

brudberg said...

Could it be Hamlet?.. sure some skullduggery is part of that play.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

All I could think of was "Empire" that TV show about the record empire. Lol! Just being silly Berowne because I don't know, forgive me? I usually don't comment because I don't have an answer. Thanks for visiting my takes I appreciate it. Enjoy your week.

naturgesetz said...

Since I'm not in a theater troupe at the moment, I'll come right out and say it: Macbeth. The banquet was the giveaway, and Ed Bixler was the frosting on the cake.

Berowne said...

Naturgesetz is first with the right answer.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I think Macbeth and he saw Banquo's ghost . . .

Maria said...

If that's Macbeth, it's the weirdest Macbeth ever imagined. So, it's probably something else I'm unfamiliar with.

Berowne said...

Eddie Bluelights and Maria have joined us with the correct answer.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Well i just hope you've had a good time.... and will have every moment, thats what i would wish for you


Have a nice abc-week / day
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Karen S. said...

Oh my, there seems to be a really large rabbit in the room. All I can think of is the play Harvey! It was a wonderful movie too!

Leslie: said...

Oh I know this one! My favourite Shakespearean play - Macbeth. Banquo appeared at the feast.

Leslie
abcw team

Theresa Milstein said...

As usual, I've got no idea.

Berowne said...

Leslie has just provided us with the correct answer.

Roger Owen Green said...

Not coming to me. Bah, humbug. The ghost, of course, makes me think of A Christmas Carol, but that's not it..

Leslie: said...

If I didn't get the answer to this week's puzzle, I would have had to resign from teaching. Macbeth is (and has been for eons) the Grade 11 Shakespeare play studied. It also happens to be my most favourite of all of them.

Leslie
abcw team

Old Egg said...

This sounds like F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" let's hope I am right.

Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil said...

Is it Banquo and Macbeth? Spit balling here! At first I was going with "Dinner at Eight," but then the ghost threw me, hee hee. Amy

Berowne said...

Another right answer, this time from Amy Barlow.

i b arora said...

a ghost for real? that's scary

Jae Rose said...

I really don't know Berowne - randomly West Side story?...now i shall exit stage left with my literary ignorance

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

Hildred said...

Well, I wish I did know the answer, - sounds like an interesting story and I will be around o Sasturday to investigate.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I think I saw a movie with that plot line recently, but I can't recall what the movie was. Oh well.

Hank kaykuala said...

The likes of 'Stones in His Pockets' or perhaps 'Extras'

Hank

Trubes said...

Is it Mad Men ?

Hope I'm not too late !

Best wishes,

Di.

ABCW team,

 
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