Please see this post for the full schedule. If you haven't read up to this point, remember beyond this paragraph there may be spoilers.
There was a lot more action in this section, The Announcement, than last week's reading. Prince Humperdink is not much of an orator, is he? Buttercup shows some potential as a leader of the people though.
Buttercup meets the 3 assassins: Vizzini, the wily Sicilian, Inigo, the swordsman, Fezzik, the large Turk.
I liked finding out the backstory for Inigo and Fezzik. Inigo has spent years learning how to become a master fencer so that he can find and kill the 6 fingered man who killed his father. I wonder who that is? Figures the one time Domingo agrees to make a sword for someone the guy turns out to be cheap, gutless jerk. Inigo was brave to stand up to him.
Fezzik was a giant from the day he was born. His parents seemed a lot like "stage parents" pushing him to perform in fights that he hated. He's a sensitive boy and afraid to be alone.
The evil genius Vizzini uses the skills of these 2 reluctant assassins to kidnap Buttercup but the Man in Black follows them, overtakes them, and incapacitates Inigo and Fezzik. He doesn't have so much respect for Vizzini who he disposes of by trickery. Finally, the Man in Black has Buttercup to himself.
And...Aha! It's Westley, returned from the dead. Or actually he wasn't dead just posing as the Dread Pirate Roberts. But no time for a tearful reunion, Prince Humperdinck is on their trail. Buttercup and Westley head into the Fire Swamp to face Snow Sand and R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size). After all of that, Humperdinck is waiting for them. Buttercup surrenders so that Westley can be free. Or so she thinks...
What did you think of Goldman's interruption and request to contact the publisher? Apparently, people did write to the publisher but instead of the reunion scene they received this letter detailing a legal battle with the Morgenstern estate. Seems a bit disappointing.
What were your thoughts on Milestone 2? Still enjoying the story? Leave your thoughts in the comments section or leave a link to your own blog post. I will post them in the body of the post as they arrive.
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