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:

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

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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