The Princess Bride Readalong: Milestone 3

Welcome to week 3 of The Princess Bride Readalong! We will be discussing Milestone 3 this week. 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. 

Seems like not a lot going on this milestone. Inigo and Fezzik are lost without Vizzini. Fezzik hides while Inigo steeps in brandy. Count Rugen begins his scientific torture of Westley with The Machine. Humperdinck plots a new way to murder his bride who doesn't have two clues to rub together.

By the end of this section, Inigo and Fezzik are once again together. Fezzik joins the Brute Squad and finds Inigo in the Thieves Quarter. Fezzik tells him he knows who the six fingered man is. Inigo shows how clever he really is by figuring out where Westley is stashed but it's too late....Humperdinck has Westley tortured to death. Things do not look good for the heroes.

I found myself getting fed up with Buttercup. She is totally useless. And not too bright. Why would her fiance help her find her boyfriend? Did nothing about that seem strange to her? Gullible. Though she does have a point about Humperdinck. He overcompensates with his Zoo of Death.

Once again I was more interested in Inigo and Fezzik than Buttercup and Westley. Poor Fezzik. Hiding in the cave was so sad. I loved when Fezzik and Inigo meet up.
Then the drunk starting yelling: "I'm-waiting-for-Vizzini."


"I'm-not-mean, I'm-just-following-the-rule."


"Not-cruel, not-mean; can't you understand I'm..." and here the voice trailed off for a moment and he squinted. Then, quietly, he said, "Fezzik?"
Together again they are an unstoppable force. But once they find Westley, what will they do? I guess we'll find out soon.

Here's a visual for you of The Machine and the end of Westley.

So that was milestone 3, what did you think? 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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  1. I loved they rhyming between Inigo and Fezzick. It seemed like there was more in the book than in the movie and it was funnier. With all of the anti-wife stuff in the introduction, I'm wondering if Goldman was showing criticism of women with his unflattering depiction of Buttercup. It seems like he describes both of them as cold and heartless.

  2. Buttercup is an idiot. I feel sorry for Westley!
    Here is my post on part 3:

  3. I didn't enjoy this part as much as the previous ones. I'm devastated Westley is dead! Here's my post about it:

  4. Shelley- It isn't very flattering at all. The only woman so far that has her wits is the Queen. I like her.

  5. I loved the way that Fezzik and Inigo came back together in this part. The rhyming - it was perfect.

    The Machine actually scared me, here. In the movie (as everyone can see from the clip), it's just a couple suction cups. But the idea of suction cups, everywhere, in your ears, on your tongue...*shudder*

    All in all, ready for the next part. And STILL haven't found a reason to like Buttercup! Absolutely cannot figure out why I loved her so much in the movie...must have been Robin Wright.

  6. This wasn't my favourite section, but I'm still having fun. Here's my post!

  7. the only even-slightly related comment i can offer to this series is i remember that the actress in this movie had a role on my favorite (now defunct) soap opera, santa barbara. lol. i was in high school, what can i say?

    good luck with the read-along!

  8. My post about this third section is here

  9. You're right about Buttercup being gullible. I think it would have annoyed me more if it weren't so well established that she's not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    My post for week three is here.


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