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Welcome to Week 3, the final week of our Online Book Club discussion of The Princess Bride.

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.

2 Responses to “The Princess Bride, Week 3”

  1. Carrol

    Westley sure was a great character. I thought he was so brave and clever. He handled the men who were following him in such interesting ways. It was too bad the last man died since the first two men he encountered survived.

    I really liked the way the men went after Prince Humperdinck. I was so glad Inigo avenged his father’s death. I thought the ending was great. Buttercup and Westley definitely deserved a “happily ever after.”

    Thanks for the extra information about the movie. Those were very interesting facts. I always appreciate the “extras” you provide.

    • Erin K.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the ending, Carrol. That last guy that he followed was so evil–I don’t know if he could have been redeemed. Maybe that’s why he was killed off.

      I hope that the characters really had a good happily ever after. Part of me wondered if Goldman didn’t want them to really live very happily.

      Thanks for following along again this month! I hope you have a great holiday season!

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