As I Wished!

cary_elwes_robin_wright_princess_brideWe Meissners love to quote movies in our ordinary conversations. One of our absolute favorite lines is this one, which we employ when something really disappointing happens. We look at the family member who brought us the news of said disappointment and say, “Why don’t you just give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?” Which is, of course, one of a thousand great lines from the movie, The Princess Bride.

So when I heard Cary Elwes (the actor who played the sweet and clever Farm-Boy-Turned-Unlikely-Pirate named Westley) is writing a memoir about the filming of that movie — with input from the rest of the cast — I had the opposite of a paper-cut-lemon-juice moment. I was elated.

I can’t wait for the book to be out so I can read it. I surely hope the cast had as much fun making this movie as we’ve had watching it (and watching it and watching it) over the years.

Here are a few more of our favorite lines and how you can use them in everyday dialogue:princessbride

“I doubt you will get the same offer from the eels.” (which you can say when you are offering something pretty dang good and the other party hesitates).

“Have fun stormin’ the castle!” (which you can say when someone leaves the house to go do something that will likely require some effort)

Inconceivable!” (I don’t think you need a lesson on how to use this one)

“Won’t that be nice!” (Say it in a buffoony, situationally-unaware voice when something awful is sure to follow)

“No more rhymes now and I mean it” (Say it in my house when you really do want a rhyme because you will get it. Trust me)

“You be careful.  People in masks cannot be trusted” (Say it when you want to encourage caution without sounding like a worry-wart or know-it-all)

 I’d love to hear what your fave Princess Bride lines are. Tell them here.  And let me know if you’re looking forward to this memoir as much as I am. Not that it’s a miracle that it’s being written, but I do hope Elwes doesn’t rush the writing. You know what happens when you rush a miracle, don’t you?


Author: Susan

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  1. Laura McClellan on May 30, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Well, of course, “Prepare to die.” (and the whole preface to that line).

    And “Mawwiage. That bwessed awangement is what bwings us togevvuh today.”

    And “Twesshuh your wuv.”

    This movie is one of our family’s very favorites, watched over and over and oft quoted. Now I think I’ll need to pull it out and watch it again this weekend. It’s been awhile.

  2. Linda Letellier on May 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    “Man and Wife! Say Man and Wife!”

    “As you wish”

    This isn’t an exact quote…but the whole Miracle Max scene and his statement that Westley “isn’t totally dead, just nearly dead.” I mentioned this to my Physical Therapist recently and he got it!

  3. on May 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Favorite…just rewatched about a month ago.
    “My name is ….,you killed my father, prepare to die” ( I always screw up the name so my family laughs at that_) I spot Cary frequently on TV but usually playing villains now. There’s a reunion of the characters on line and I just watched that…
    also liked ‘Never Ending Story” from about that same time.

  4. Susan on May 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Those are all so good! Gotta love Miracle Max and mostly dead!

    And someday I want to write a marriage book and entitle it: “That Bwessed Awangement”

    Inigo Montoya, Debbie! But first you have to say, “Hallo!”

  5. Mary Kay on May 31, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Obviously I have missed much by never seeing this movie. A fact I must be about changing — AFTER my deadline. 🙂

    Thanks, Susan, and all for the taste of good things to come.

  6. Cathy West on May 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Ah, best movie!!
    “You mock my pain!” I like that one.
    A lot. 🙂

  7. Susan on June 1, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Mary Kay, Mary Kay, what are you waiting for!!?

    Cathy, that’s a good one, as is “Farm Boy, fetch me that pitcha…”

  8. Jen Cudmore on June 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm


  9. Jen Cudmore on June 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    (Yikes! I hit enter before I wrote my note.)
    Thanks for sharing, Susan. This movie is a family favorite – I was proud to introduce it to my kids! There are so many good quotes I can’t pick a favorite.
    Maybe: “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”
    Can’t wait to read the book!

  10. Mocha with Linda on June 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never seen this movie?! I have to rectify that!

  11. Susan on June 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    OH Linda, you really, really must!

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