JONATHAN CHAIT FEBRUARY 4, 2010
I have been delinquent on my promise to regularly excerpt portions of the brilliant "Two Gentlemen of Lebowski," a complete rendering of the Big Lebowski script in Shakespearean style. Here is the scene where the Dude ("the Knave") meets Bunny ("Bonnie"):
[Enter BONNIE LEBOWSKI and OLIVER]
“With toe-nails of verdant and forester’s green
With a hey-nonny-no and a hey-nonny-nonny
Blow thrice on my toe-nails and I’ll be thy queen
And ever preserve me as thine, blithe and Bonnie.”
[to THE KNAVE]
I pray you, sir, blow.
Marry! But here’s a lady of good interest, whose toe-nails are the very green of the common hump, where grass doth grow and where country lovers do foot. Whither shall I blow, maid? For I am but a traveling tumbleweed, and may well be carried by any wind, e’en south.
I mean only the wind in thine own maw in this case; blow, then, serve your turn and cool my hot temper.
Sayst thou that I must blow upon thy foot, painted lady?
I ask this deed of you thrice now; and that which a damsel craves constantly is the service of a tongue most moved in capability. Look to my foot; I cannot reach that far. Blow, wind!
I fear thy charms. Will not thy consort mind
If I bestow his lady fair my wind?