The Answer Is in 'The Princess Bride': As You Wish

Editor’s Note: The following is based on an excerpt from The Glenn Beck Program on November 10, 2016.

My daughter Mary, who is my oldest daughter and just one of the deepest feeling people I know, she said to me yesterday when we were driving in the car, "Dad, I made a list. I made a list of all the cities that have riots in them and how they're spreading. I've been thinking about how do we stop this?"

She thinks differently than anybody I've ever met.

"What did you come up?" I asked.

"Have you ever read the copy of the script of The Princess Bride that we have?" she asked.

I said, "No," trying to connect the dots.

She said, "Oh, you have to read it. You know it's not the original ending. This is the first draft script."

"Oh, I didn't know that." I said.

"Yeah, this is the first draft of The Princess Bride. So the ending is completely different," Mary said.

I didn't know that either, and I'm trying to figure out how she's going to get back to the riots. She asked me if I remembered how the movie ended.

"Yeah. As you wish," I replied.

"Right. That's not the way it ends in the script," she said.

So I have this original script, and I didn't even notice this. It's The Princess Bride --- handwritten, first draft, January 11th, 1974. The movie came out in 1987. I have thumbed through this enough to know that all the scenes are there. And it's word-for-word. You could open it up to almost any page, and you can see that it hasn't been changed. So I just assumed the ending was the same. But it's not.

In this ending, the little boy and his grandfather are in the bedroom, and he gets to the place where Prince Humperdinck is tied to the chair and Westley has won. Fezzik is down, leading four great white horses. He glances up and sees three friendly faces on the balcony.

Fezzik: I've been so lost, Inigo, and I've stumbled on the prince's stables. And he has four white horses. And I thought, that's how many of us there are, four, if we ever found the lady.

Hello, lady. So I brought them along, in case we ever ran into each other. And I guess we just did.

Inigo: Fezzik, you did something right.

Fezzik: Don't worry, I won't let it go to my head.

Something very lovely happens then. Buttercup floats through the air, soft and graceful. And what's happening, of course, is that they're jumping from the balcony and Fezzik is catching them and putting them each on the horse. Fezzik then yanks open the gates, and the riders race through the night.

Grandfather: And at last they rode to freedom. A great wave of adoration swept over Buttercup. And when she saw the adoration reflected in Westley's eyes, she said to him...

Cut to the kid's bedroom where the boy is asleep.

Grandfather: It got very romantic. You would have hated the end anyway.

He closes the book and puts it by his bedside table. By the way, considering the greatest hunter in the history of the world was on their trail, they lived happily ever after. He turns off the light. He turns around, walks to the door, leaves, closes the door.

Then the little boy, jumps up, in a whirlwind, grabs the book, grabbing the flashlight from the bedtable drawer -- he hides them both, the book and the light under the cover. As the light flickers on, he flips through the book.

Cut two, in color, jumping towards the camera. Then there will be no one to hear you scream!

Then in black and white, the kid takes and flips the other page, in color, no reason. It's only that I just happen to look behind us, and there's something there. Inconceivable!

You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Why do you wear a mask and a hood? I don't know. They're terribly comfortable, and I think everyone will be wearing them in the near future.

Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!

That's when the little boy, just says, Hold tight as once against we hear the sound we heard at the start --- blades crossing the whip of rapier slashing the air. Two masters are battling. We hear it. And we know there are still legends alive and breathing. There are still giants on the earth. Fade out.

Mary asked, "Have you ever read that?"

I hadn't.

Then she said, "The answer is in The Princess Bride. The answer is in The Princess Bride, and everybody of my generation will understand it."

What did the grandfather do, and what did the little boy do? They didn't fight against each other. The little boy didn't want the grandfather to come. He's going to pinch my cheeks. The little boy didn't want to hear the story. He only loved sports. Is there any sports? There's no kissing, is there?

The grandfather wanted to share this story because it meant so much to him in the old country, and he knew he would make the boy feel better.

What did they do? They sat and they listened to each other. They sat and they bridged the gap. Uncomfortably, at the beginning, but the little boy listened to the other and realized, There's something of value here.

"It's missing the ending," Mary said. "The best part of this book is, As you wish."

It doesn't mean I'm going to go do that. It doesn't mean I'll be back tomorrow. It doesn't mean I will serve you. It means I love you.

Until we love each other, we're just not going to be able to cross the divide. We will never sit and actually discover the great adventure that is in front of us.

For those who have been thrown into the sea of screeching eels, come back into the boat. You might think you're surrounded by scoundrels, and one of them in the boat is probably going to turn out to be a scoundrel. But others might turn out to be good friends that actually help change your life, if we can just look each other in the eye at this point and say, As you wish.

Listen to this segment, beginning at mark 26:36, from The Glenn Beck Program:

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.