For reasons explained by Goldman, he can only abridge the first chapter. It's a complicated first chapter at that, jumping back in forth in time. What we get out of it are the events right after the heroes leave the castle. Westley dies again, Inigo is fading fast and Fezzik gets pierced by an arrow. Rescue arrives in the form of Westley's pirates. They patch them together and leave them on One Tree Island where they live quite awhile. Long enough for Buttercup to have a baby (a strange birth) who grows to girlhood.
At first I wasn't very impressed by Buttercup's Baby. It doesn't make a lot of sense. First, Waverly (the baby) is kidnapped, then Inigo is a young man again, then the group is leaving the castle. What the heck is going on? But then I started to enjoy what was happening. Goldman is giving us what we didn't get- an ending. Plus, he leaves us wanting more. Unfortunately, more never comes because it's only chapter one. Sad.
I wondered what Stephen King made of all this and it turns out he has something to say about it which you can read on his FAQ page.
I hope you enjoyed reading The Princess Bride with me. If you've never seen the movie, I hope you find a copy and give it a look. It's fun and sticks close to the book. Buttercup improves on film. She's useless in the book.
I enjoyed The Princess Bride and if you missed it here are the links to the previous milestone discussions:
If you have an opinion on Buttercup's Baby, leave a comment or link to your Buttercup's Baby post. I'll add them to the body of the post as they arrive.
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