The DaVinci Quote - now in a blog near you
By seapegasus on May 28, 2006
Dude. Why are these DaVinci Code guys puzzling over paintings when they could solve much more interesting mysteries right there in the movie database! :-) You know how even eye-witness testimonials often remarkably contradict each other in some points? Well, you don't need a crime scene for that to happen, just look at these two 'DaVinci Code' quotes from the IMDB quote collection that (I assume) were contributed to the database from memory:
Sir Leigh Teabing: Shall I serve tea or coffee? Robert Langdon: Tea. Sir Leigh Teabing: Precisely. Now... what shall I put in the tea... milk or lemon? Sophie Neveu: [whispered to Langdon] Milk. Robert Langdon: That would depend on the tea. Sir Leigh Teabing: Very good. Now, the last... in what year did a cocky Harvard professor outwit a great Englishman? Robert Langdon: Surely such a travesty has never occurred. Sir Leigh Teabing: Well done. You have proved your loyalty Sir Leigh Teabing: First, shall I serve coffee, or tea? Sophie Neveu: I would think in England it's customary to serve tea. Robert Langdon: Tea! Sir Leigh Teabing: Correct. Next question, shall it be served with Lemon or Milk. Robert Langdon: It would depend on the drink now, wouldn't it? Sir Leigh Teabing: Correct! Now finally, the last question. Now tell me in which year did a Harvard honor student defeat an Oxford student at history? Sophie Neveu: [after a long pause] I don't think ever Mr. Langdon. Robert Langdon: [Reluctantly] Never, Leigh. Sir Leigh Teabing: [Laughs] Correct. Now, come along inside.
Hmmm... So, in the first version of the dialogue, useless Sophie remains mostly silent and Langdon 'passes the test' by ignoring the one wrong answer she whispers to him ("milk"). In the second version, Sophie saves the day by prompting two of Langdon's correct answers and never even suggests the third (wrong) one... Well? Which of the two versions is closer to the actual scene shown in the movie (that I haven't seen)? Or was it maybe teamwork, neither knew all the answers, but together they got it right?
Moreover, in the quote collection, there's a third (different) version of the Oxford/Harvard question: "In what year did a Harvard man out row an Oxford man?" WTF? Allright, the witnesses (movie audience) agree Leigh was questioning the victory of a Harvard person versus possibly an Oxford person. We don't know whether it was about students or professors, or whether the disciplin was history, wits or rowing. Isn't it scary to see how human memory and perception doesn't get obvious things right, not even replayable movies that everybody supposedly sees and hears from the same perspective?