Sunday, September 13, 2015

285 Quiz Answer

It’s the story of Prince Hal, heir to the throne, who believed his father the King was too cold, too strict, and the boy felt the life of a young, respectable royal wasn’t for him. He became a wild dude, a type that I am led to believe may well exist in our time too.

What Hal really enjoyed was hangin’ with his fat friend Falstaff.  In the above picture, Falstaff is played by Orson Welles.  (From Shakespeare’s “Henry IV.”)

Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "J" is for "Jerome")

The following somewhat labored scenelet reminds you of – whom?

“Sit down, son.  Time we had another of our little talks.”
“We do have a lot of them, don’t we?”
“And they don’t seem to be doing much good.  No matter what kind of promises you give me, you don’t change.”
“Well, consistency, that’s a kind of virtue, right?”
“It’s not consistency when you step over the line and I find a police report on you when I come in to work in the morning.”
“A police report?  Oh man, what did I do this time?”
“It seems – I can hardly believe I’m saying this – you were involved in armed robbery.”
“What!?  That’s baloney!  Dad, I’ve never been involved in any robbery, armed or unarmed.”
“Well, they’ve got the gang who committed the crime and it’s the noxious gang you’ve been mixed up with.”
“Oh, I see what it is.  That was no robbery; it was just a sort of elaborate gag – that went kind of wrong.”
“A gag?  When are you going to grow up?  Since you were twelve years old I’ve been trying to groom you for the day when you could take over this enterprise.  But you keep acting like a wild, crazy kid.”
“Wrong.  I keep acting like most other young guys my age.  I like to have fun, hang out, meet girls, have a few drinks…”
“And rob people as a gag.”
“Again, I had nothing to do with that.”
“Well, who are the people of this gang?”
“It’s just some dudes I like to hang out with; it’s cool.  We have a lot of laughs and so on.  Nothing really wrong with that “
“And who’s this FJ?  Seems he was the one mainly responsible for the robbery.”
“Which, again, wasn’t a real robbery.  We call him Fat Jerome – or FJ – and I guess you wouldn’t approve of him.  He’s loud and obnoxious and usually pretty well hammered by noontime, and he’d make a good poster boy for Overweights Anonymous.  But basically he’s just a helluva lot of fun to hang out with.”
“Incredible.  The day will come, and it won’t be too long in the future, when you’ll be expected to sit in this chair and take over the operation of this entire enterprise.  And you’re training for this by spending most of your haphazard time with people who are pretty well hammered by noontime?”
“Dad, believe me.  I’ve been sowing my wild oats, maybe a bit too much, but I’ve never forgotten who my father is and who I am.  And what will be expected of me in the future.  When that time comes I will have said a long goodbye to FJ and the rest of ‘em.  I’ll be ready – seriously - and I’ll make you proud of me.”

The answer will be posted Saturday. 


Eddie Bluelights said...

I think it is Prince Hal who later became Henry IV

Berowne said...

Eddie Bluelights, with lights shining brightly, is first with the right answer.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Did it at school:

So, when this loose behaviour I throw off
And pay the debt I never promised
By how much better than my word am I
By so much shall I falsify men's hope
And like bright metal on a sullen ground
My reformation glittering o'er my faults
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off . . .

Not bad for almost 60 year's rentention . . . lol

naturgesetz said...

It sounds like Prince Hal getting a good talking to by King Henry IV of England, as told by Will Shakespeare. (FJ seems to be Falstaff, John.)

Altonian said...

"I know thee not, old man....", said Henry Plantagenet, when he became Henry V, and cast away his old friend Sir John Falstaff, along with Pistol, Bardolph and Nym.

Altonian said...

Short second attempt: Henry Plantagent, shortly before becoming Henry V.

Berowne said...

Altonian and naturgesetz have both provided us with the correct answer.

kaykuala said...

FJ didn't ring a bell! Couldn't get across even with a wild guess!


brudberg said...

This does not ring any bells at all.. none, I'm blank.

21 Wits said...

I was thinking on the vibe of Star Wars, when Your reference to enterprise brought David Marcus to mind, son of James T. Kirk in Star trek.

Unknown said...

I really don't know.... maybe because i am Dutch...

Have a nice abc-week and day
♫ Mel☺dy ♫ (abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

I looked at this three days ago, and didn't know then. Rereading has not helped...


Photo Cache said...

Fat Jerome sounds like a good name for a restaurant.


Truedessa said...

Honestly, I do not know but I am a bit curious how this all turned out. Did he live up to his father's expectations?

Berowne said...

Saturday should reveal all...

Anonymous said...

No clue about this one.

Jae Rose said...

Well in the Uk at the moment we are awash with political change and all I could think of was David Cameron - he needs a good talking to so shall elect him regardless of the right answer to your quiz!

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

Leslie: said...


abcw team

Berowne said...

Leslie's response was so close that the home office in Reykjavik has ruled that her answer was correct.

usha menon said...

Eager to know the truth.Well written!

Trubes said...

Second visit to ponder anew.

Could this 'scenelet' be from Shakespeare's Henry IV
where King Henry consults his son (Henry Prince of Wales) about his behaviour
and carousing with Sir John Falstaff... who would be the chap referred to as FJ?

I studied Henry IV part 2 for my O Level English but that was 54 years ago, so deep thought was required.

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Berowne said...

Another "winner"; Trubes has the right answer.

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