A trifle thinner, a great deal wiser, and an ocean sadder

When I was a kid, we had a copy of “The Princess Bride” book on tape, read by the author, William Goldman. We listened to it on every road trip. Now, in case you haven’t ever read the book, it’s plot is very similar to the movie based on it, but not entirely. It’s also filled with clever, often lyrical, narration, which you miss in the movie. But don’t take my word for it; here are two of my favorite parts.

The first describes Buttercup after her days (weeks?) mourning for Westley alone in her room.

In point fact, she had never looked as well. She had entered her room as just an impossibly lovely girl. The woman who emerged was a trifle thinner, a great deal wiser, and an ocean sadder. This one understood the nature of pain, and beneath the glory of her features, there was character, and a sure knowledge of suffering.

The other describes Westly after Buttercup leaves with Humperdink outside the Fire Swamp, in an attempt to save his life.

He stood silently at the edge of the Fire Swamp. He had been bitten, cut, gone without rest, had assaulted the Cliffs of Insanity, had saved and taken lives; he had risked his world, and now it was walking away from him, hand in hand with a ruffian prince.

What’s your favorite Princess Bride quote, from the book or movie?


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