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?"
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:
Featured Image: The Princess Bride (Act III Communications, Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.)