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SIR ECTOR: Yes, and you can win it, boy, if you knuckle down to your training. And we'll have you knighted by Christmas and off to London. What do you say?
SIR KAY: Sure. Why not?
SIR ECTOR: Wart, lad, how'd you like to go to London?
WART: Oh, Sir Ector, you mean it?
SIR ECTOR: If you stick to your duties, you can be Kay's squire.
WART: Oh, I will, sir.
SIR KAY: I don't want the Wart for my squire.
SIR ECTOR: Here's to London! And here's to Kay.
SIR PELLINORE: And here's to the banner of the Castle of the Forest Suavage.
SIR ECTOR: Cheers! Charge! Weight forward! Lean into him! Steady, boy. Steady with the lance! Grip her tight! Hit him clean! No! Heads up!
MERLIN: Archimedes, where are we?
ARCHIMEDES: In a tumble-down old tower in the most miserable old castle in all Christendom, that's where.
ARCHIMEDES: Don't you even remember the boy?
SIR ECTOR: Can't you remember one blasted thing?
MERLIN: Oh, now, just a moment.
SIR ECTOR: Tight grip on the lance. Loosen the saddle, knees in tight. Weight forward and stay on target. You keep losing your grip.
SIR PELLINORE: It's not a mere matter of muscle, sir. Jousting is a fine skill. It's a highly developed science.
MERLIN: Science, indeed. One dummy trying to knock off another dummy with a bit of a stick.
ARCHIMEDES: And the Wart's just as hot for it as the rest of them.
MERLIN: He certainly is. That boy's got real spark. Lots of spirit. Throws himself heart and soul into everything he does. That's really worth something if it can only be turned in the right direction.
ARCHIMEDES: Fat chance of that.
MERLIN: Oh, I plan to cheat, of course. Use magic. Every last trick in the trade if I have to.
WART: I'd give anything to go riding about on a great white charger slaying dragons and griffins and man-eating giants.
MERLIN: Well, won't you?
WART: You see. I'm an orphan, and a knight must be of proper birth. I only hope I'm worthy to be Kay's squire. That's a big job too, you know.
MERLIN: Oh, indeed. I would say almost impossible. Yes. Well, now then. When I said that I could swim like a fish I really meant as a fish. WART: You mean you can turn yourself into a fish?
MERLIN: After all, I happen to be a wizard. WART: Could you turn me into a fish?
MERLIN: Well, do you have any imagination? Can you imagine yourself as a fish?
WART: Oh, that's easy. I've done that lots of times.
MERLIN: Oh. Well, good. Then I think that my magic can do the rest. Archimedes, what is that fish formula?
ARCHIMEDES: Who? What?
MERLIN: You know, that Latin business.
ARCHIMEDES: Fish? Latin? Aquarius aquaticus aqualitus. And now if you don't mind. I say good day to the both of you if you please.
MERLIN: When he stays out all night he's always grumpy the next morning.
WART: Then he must stay out every night.
MERLIN: Oh, I say, that's very good, boy. Very.
ARCHIMEDES: Who? What?
MERLIN: All right, boy. All set. Here we go. Aquarius aquaticus aqualitus quum. Aqua digi tarium.
WART: Merlin, am I a fish?
MERLIN: Yes. Yes, you are a fish but if you don't stop that flippity-flopping around and get in the water, you won't last long. Now, stay right here in the tules and I'll be with you in a minute. So you thought you could take right off like a shot, did you?
WART: Well, I am a fish, aren't I?
MERLIN: You merely look like a fish. That doesn't mean that you can swim like one. You don't have the instinct. So, you'll have to use your brain for a change. You are living between two planes now. Somewhere between the ceiling and the floor. Now, there, there's lots of ups and downs like a helicopter.
MERLIN: No, never mind. Every flick of a fin creates movement. So, first we'll start with a caudal fin. No, boy. Your tail. Tail. Now, that gives you the forward thrust now. Come on, let's get a rhythm. Right, left. One, two. Left and right Like day and night That's what makes the world go 'round, in and out, thin and stout, That's what makes the world go 'round For every up there is a down For every square WART: There is a round?
MERLIN: Yes. For every high.
WART: There is a low?
MERLIN: And for every to. Fro. Yes, fro. To and fro, stop and go That's what makes the world go 'round In and out Thin and stout
WART: Merlin! Oh! I swallowed a bug!
MERLIN: Oh. What's wrong with that? After all, my boy, you are a fish. Instinct, you know.
WART: But you said I had no instinct.
MERLIN: Yes, Oh, I did. Well, that's neither here nor there. But the main thing is you must set your sights upon the heights Don't be a mediocrity
MERLIN: That's right. Don't just wait and trust to fate And say that's how it's meant to be It's up to you how faryou go If you don't try you'll never know And so, my lad as I've explained Nothing ventured nothing gained Let's, let's swim through that tall grass again. It tickles. Oh, I beg your pardon.
WART: Me too. For every to there is a frog, For every stop there is a go And that's what makes the world go 'round Oh, let go!
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