POP QUIZ: BILL WROTE IT FIRST (answers)
This one was over almost as soon as it began, folks. I don’t think ten minutes passed between the time I published the quiz and the time Dee Dee T (my most lethally initialled friend) sent in a set of complete, correct answers. Ten out of ten, Dee Dee, way to go! Verily, thou art wise.
1) Hamlet, act 3, scene 1: A 1998 Robin Williams film, based on a 1978 novel by Richard Matheson
2) Hamlet, Act 5, scene 1: A 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace, a million seller and listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 Best English Novels Since 1923
3) Julius Caesar, Act 3 scene 1: A 1974 military thriller by Frederick Forsyth (and a song from Pink Floyd’s ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’)
4) Macbeth, Act 4, scene 1: A “Tommy & Tuppence” mystery by Agatha Christie from 1968
5) Richard III, Act 1, scene 1: John Steinbeck’s final novel, published in 1961
6) Timon Of Athens, Act 3, scene 5: A 1967 film starring Robert Blake, based on a bestseller by Truman Capote
7) The Tempest, Act 5, scene 1: Aldous Huxley’s 1931 dystopian masterpiece
8) Richard III, Act 1, scene 3: A 1968 war-movie classic starring Richard Burton (who probably knew the Shakespeare quote) and Clint Eastwood
9) King John, Act 3, scene 4: An 1837 two-volume collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a 1963 horror masterpiece based partly on the Hawthorne work, and starring Vincent Price
10) Henry V, Act 4, scene 3: An HBO miniseries of World War II, based on a 1993 non-fiction work by Stephen Ambrose
1) WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
2) INFINITE JEST
3) THE DOGS OF WAR
4) BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS
5) THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
6) IN COLD BLOOD
7) BRAVE NEW WORLD
8) WHERE EAGLES DARE
9) TWICE TOLD TALES
10) BAND OF BROTHERS
I was in a production of Macbeth many moons ago. Near the beginning, just after the witches opening bit, there’s a scene in which a wounded soldier arrives at King Duncan’s camp to tell tales of brave Macbeth. Malcolm, Duncan’s son, introduces the soldier with this speech:
“This is the sergeant
Who like a good and hardy soldier fought
‘Gainst my captivity. Hail, brave friend!
Say to the king the knowledge of the broil
As thou didst leave it.”
One performance, due to a mix-up with cues, Malcolm didn’t make it to the stage in time. The soldier walked on, King Duncan looked at him for a moment, there was a long pause in which they all realized Malcolm was not there, and finally Duncan said, “So… uh … what happened?”.
It remains my favourite Shakespeare quote.