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An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

William Goldman knows what’s what


Until recently, THE PRINCESS BRIDE was my favorite movie. It’s still one of my favorite stories and a favorite soundtrack. I saw the movie twice in the theater in 1987 and have read the book at least half a dozen times. Since its release on home video, I’ve seen it (or been in a room where it was playing) significantly over 100 times. Give me a line of dialogue from the film and I can quote the rest of the movie from that point on with a high degree of accuracy.

And yet, William Goldman somehow managed to elicit a new chuckle from me. I was reading through my new 40th anniversary illustrated edition and the scene just before the epic sword fight atop the Cliffs of Insanity jumped out at me.

The Princess Bride SpaniardsIf you don’t see why this is funny, you haven’t been paying attention.

Apropos of nothing

I had a friend growing up (who’d never left the state) who’s go-to phrase when he didn’t know the answer to a question was, “Lo siento pero no tengo papel” [I’m sorry but I don’t have paper]. I always thought that was really funny.

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

2 thoughts on “William Goldman knows what’s what

  1. Good one indeed. I have only seen this movie once so don’t know it very well. For me the movie I can quote dialogues from is Moonstruck…i have seen that movie so many times now I know it by heart…

    • I think most people who like movies have one they’ve seen a million times (at least I like to think so), but what’s nice about revisiting stories (in any form) is that the older/wiser/more experienced you get, you can find new things to amuse in them. It blows my mind that I’ve come across this little exchange hundreds of times but this time, it validated something that I’ve been thinking about a lot.

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