Monday, October 26, 2009


I will just say it. I am an idiot. It is true. If you have not seen the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" and you plan to, please stop reading now because I am going to ruin the ending for you just as I did for my husband, Matthew, tonight.

I am a nerd. I love to read. I love books. I love how they smell. I love how the pages feel. I love the way words run together like a song. I love words. I love spelling. I love good books. I love everything about reading and writing and spelling and literature. I am not good at many things, but I am good at reading and writing and spelling and I am pretty well read. I am also a little bit of a trivia lover too. I love to take quizzes and answer questions- ESPECIALLY if those questions are about reading or spelling or writing or literature.

So tonight Matthew and I watched "Slumdog Millionaire". It was a really good movie and we were both really into it. Again, SPOILER ALERT!! At the end of the movie, the main character is on a game show and he is asked a multiple choice question about the Dumas novel "The Three Musketeers". "What is the name of the third musketteer?", the host asks. The question gave the names of the other two musketeers- Porthos and Athos. The multiple choice answers were a few other characters in the book that I recognized a little but I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the third musketeer was D'artagnan. My pulse started quickening and I got all excited because I knew the answer!!! So what do I do? I say it out loud. "It is D'artangnan!!", I shout out with pride and a little giddiness. I love literature trivia! As I smiled to myself and read the question again, I think I even said it out loud again. Matthew didn't say a word. If he did feel annoyed that I had said the answer, he gave no indication of it.

A few minutes go by as the plot thickens and finally the main character chooses his answer- but he chooses a different answer than the one I said was correct! He chooses Aramis. I think to myself, oh no! He is going to get the question wrong! In my head I start realizing it and start to foresee the end of the movie. I was a little sad. Then, the host of the game show reads the answer and it is Aramis! I was wrong! The main character was right and won the game!! I am pleasantly surprised because, though I do like to be right, I was more excited that the main character won the money. As I am all excited about this turn of events, Matthew says to me- "thanks for ruining the end of the movie". It took me a second to realize what I had done. Matthew was clearly annoyed and I was clearly an idiot. I started to say I was sorry and he just sshhhed me and wanted to watch the end of the movie. I felt so stupid. The movie was only a few more minutes and I sat there waiting for all hell to break loose once it ended. The credits rolled and we sat there in silence waiting for the dancing people to stop dancing and the credits to end.

Once they did Matthew turned to me and said "thanks for ruining the movie, D'artagnan". I could tell he was still pretty annoyed but also amused at the situation. I begged forgiveness for my stupidity and he told me that he wasn't annoyed when I said the answer out loud. He didn't really care so much that I had said the answer initially. It was a few minutes later when my answer was wrong that he got so annoyed. He told me that he had done the same thing I had. He heard the main character choose another answer than the one I declared correct and so he thought the main character was going to lose and he too started thinking out the end of the movie. When it turned out the character actually got the answer correct and I was wrong, he was all confused and annoyed! I said sorry about 20 times and then he kept teasing me and calling me D'artagnan. Then Matthew asked me if I was also going to tell him that Darth Vadar was Luke's father and so I left in a huff.

Now D'artagnan is my new nickname and Matthew told me he is going to bug me about this for the rest of my life. I guess I deserve it. I can't believe I said the answer aloud when (1) it clearly gives away the ending to the movie and (2) it turns out I was wrong. I am never going to live this down!!! Good movie though.


otto said...

Oh, D'artagnan. I can't stay mad at you...

ferskner said...

HA! I finally saw this movie so I could read this post. Good going, D'artagnan :) I actually think my roommate did the same thing.