This week, we've got The Princess Bride wedding reading. Not only is this a family movie from 1987, but it is also a classic novel, too. Written with the same title by William Goldman, this novel has everything from pirates, princesses and six-fingered villains (if you know, you know). This wedding reading comes from the oh-so-romantic Wesley professing his lifelong, never-ending love for Buttercup. If this poetic wedding reading is for you download a free copy.
The book's actual roots are in stories Goldman told to his daughters (aged 7 and 4), one of whom had requested a story about "princesses" and the other "brides". Goldman describes the earliest character names from the "kid's saga" as "silly names: Buttercup, Humperdinck". The countries are both named after coins. The florin was originally an Italian gold coin minted in Florence, and later the name of various currencies and denominations. The guilder was originally a Dutch gold coin, and later the name of various currencies used mainly in the Netherlands and its territories. The two names are often interchangeable.
*I've been writing since Eisenhower's been president and I think this is my first asterisk. I feel giddy. The purpose of this is to announce that time has marched on. If you don't want to wait to read the reunion scene, you no longer have to. Just go to the Internet and log on to www.hmhco.com/princessbride. You'll see it right on your very own computer screen. 2b1af7f3a8