I hope everyone in our Inspy Romance community had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!
We did here. No snow, but bright crisp days and frosty nights. Christmas Eve our usual “couple” dinner for just my husband and me; Christmas Day lunch with his elderly mom; and Boxing Day to recover, relax, and read the books we gave each other!
One of my all time favorite films is A Princess Bride, so I’m thrilled that my husband gave me Cary Elwes’ book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. The image below is half the cover. So much fun reading the stories behind the movie.
It has me wanting to watch the movie again. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a funny and tender fairy-tale-on-steroids framed as a storybook a grandfather reads to his sick grandson. It keeps its tongue firmly in cheek, yet like every true classic, there’s spiritual truth in there too. As the film trailer says, it has it all — “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles.” (And if you haven’t seen it yet, be warned, just a little bad language).
There are probably more great quotes from this film than just about any other movie I can think of. Here are just a few of at least twenty-five:
- “Is this a kissing book?” (grandson pulls face)
- “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”
- “Wuv, twue wuv…”, and
- “As you wish.”
I love the scene explaining the meaning behind that last line. It’s really got to be seen, not read as dialogue on its own, because it’s all in the physical beats, the body language, the looks they exchange. I couldn’t find any official clip of this scene on YouTube I felt comfortable to link to, though there are plenty of unofficial ones. The Amazon page for the DVD does have a clip, though it takes some locating! Scroll down the page to just beneath the product details and bestseller ranking, and this scene is the final featured clip on the second page of links (sorry, there’s also an ad!).
If you can’t find the clip, here are the lines :
Grandpa: [voiceover] Nothing gave Buttercup as much pleasure as ordering Westley around.
Buttercup: Farm boy, polish my horse’s saddle. I want to see my face shining in it by morning.
Westley: As you wish.
Grandpa: [voiceover] “As you wish” was all he ever said to her.
Buttercup: Farm boy, fill these with water – please.
Westley: As you wish.
Grandpa: [voiceover] That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.
Buttercup: Farm boy… fetch me that pitcher.
[It’s directly over her head, so he has to stand very close to her to reach it, and the look they exchange as he does, so filled with sweet yearning, is an entire speech in itself!]
Westley: As you wish.
“As you wish.” What a difference it will make if I can say that to the people I love!
Lately, I keep getting little nudges to remind me that “as you wish” is the way God loves us, too. He gives and gives and gives, with a love that gave up being King in heaven to be born in a stable. And He wants us to love the same way. To be willing to give and willing to serve and willing to let Him work in our lives. To have a heart that says “as you wish” to Him and to those we love.
Many of us here use the My One Word idea rather than New Year’s resolutions, choosing one word to represent what changes we most hope God will make in us during the year, and focusing on that. LOL, or as I usually find, getting given the word by God to remind me of what HE most hopes to change in me!
My one word for 2017 is flow. And I know one of the ways God wants me to live that flow is to say “as you wish” more often. I’m going to try.
Because don’t we all need more true love in our lives?
I made this image as a reminder for myself, and I thought perhaps you might like it too! Here’s a free printable pdf of the image above for you to download, in either Letter or A4 size.
Portrait (vertical) Letter sized or A4
Landscape (horizontal) Letter sized or A4
What’s your favorite line from your favorite film or book? One comment made before January 6th will be chosen at random to win the choice of any of my ebooks (multi-author boxed sets excluded).