Chapter 5 sure was a doozy, wasn’t it? Did you feel like it was its own novel in and of itself? Buttercup was kidnapped by a group of marauders, but as soon as she is kidnapped, her group is followed by a man in black. This man in black seems too good to be true. He’s able to climb up that really steep mountain, he beats Inigo in a duel, and he beats Fezzik in a fight. He even bests the Sicilian. How can one man be so good at so many things? We finally realize that this man in black is Westley—were you surprised? Did you think that he would want to come back to save Buttercup?
Of course, Westley is imprisoned and not set free by Humperdinck, and he is put in the awful prison that we knew that Humperdinck had created. Humperdinck shows no mercy, and soon, Westley is just a shell of a man. Buttercup doesn’t want to marry Humperdinck, and Humperdinck tells her he would be ok with Westley coming to rescue Buttercup before the wedding. But we know that’s not going to happen. We know that Humperdinck actually hopes to murder Buttercup right after the wedding. What a sweet guy!
Inigo and Fezzik finally free Westley from the Zoo of Death—but Westley is dead. They use the services of a miracle man to bring him back from the dead, and surprisingly, it works. And, he’s able to save Buttercup and leave the kingdom with Fezzik and Inigo.
One of the most satisfying parts of this last section was the section where Inigo was able to get revenge on the count. I was glad that Inigo was able to avenge his father, even though that section was pretty bloody and violent.
William Goldman hints that the heroes didn’t necessarily have a blissful happily ever after, but I still think it was a good ending. What do you think? Did you have a favorite part or chapter?
If you’re familiar with the movie, you’ll know that Cary Elwes played Westley. Did you know that he wrote a book about his experience making the movie? If you really enjoyed the book, or if you love the movie, you should check it out. This article from NPR gives a little interview with Elwes about the book, and this one includes a sample that you can read.
Finally, this article gives some fun facts about the book and movie. Check it out for more behind the scenes information.
I hope you were able to enjoy reading with us this month! I hope you’ll come back next month as we read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.