Friday, October 9, 2015

Page 44: "The thesis full of feces" and "the chalice from the palace"

When Rusty Piquot quips that “The thesis full of thesis has the précis that is pure,” he  is referencing the classic Paramount Pictures movie The Court Jester (1955) and its famous exchange between Hubert Hawkins (Danny Kaye), Griselda (Mildred Natwick) and Maid Jean (Glynis Johns) about the chalice from the palace:
Hawkins: I've got it! I've got it! The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?
Griselda: Right. But there's been a change: they broke the chalice from the palace!
Hawkins: They broke the chalice from the palace?
Griselda: And replaced it with a flagon.
Hawkins: A flagon...?
Griselda: With the figure of a dragon.
Hawkins: Flagon with a dragon.
Griselda: Right.
Hawkins: But did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?
Griselda: No! The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!
Hawkins: The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
Griselda: Just remember that.
In The Billionth Monkey, Rusty Piquot riffs on a movie that's older than his parents...
but nevertheless a classic. (Paramount Pictures' The Court Jester, ©1955).
You can watch a clip of this classic scene on YouTube:


The movie is sixty years old this year (it was released on Christmas eve in Japan in 1955; in the US it came out in January 1956). Anyone who saw it when it was new is therefore older than Rusty Piquot's parents.

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