seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Quotes that Never Were...

Most of us are aware that there are some famous quotes that actually were never said the way they're usually quoted. Sherlock Holmes never actually said "Elementary, my dear Watson", and Rick never said "Play it again, Sam", Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty."

I think I'm witnessing this in a small way with my own work. Several people have mentioned loving a scene that is also one of my favorites, the one I call "DuQuesne's Awakening", and they mention how they always think of the line "You have no idea what you're dealing with".

But that isn't actually what DuQuesne said. The actual line is: "Your problem, you pea-brained, overbearing, pompous crayfish, is that you think you have any idea of what you're dealing with."

In some ways it's almost phrased opposite the quote. The concept is correct -- he is, in essence, telling Maizas that the Molothos has no idea what he's gotten himself into -- but the actual words are different and were in fact chosen pretty carefully when I wrote it; I deliberately didn't want to just have him say "You have no idea what you're dealing with"..
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