The Witch & Duck

Created by: Doglvrs
Placed by: PackerBackers
Location:  Clinton, Rock Cty, WI
This box is part of the Great Lakes LB Group’s 2005 Exchange –
Monty Python’s The Holy Grail.

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BEDEVERE: So why do witches burn?

SECOND VILLAGER:... Because they're made of wood...?


PEASANTS stir uneasily then come round to this conclusion.

ALL: I see. Yes, of course.

BEDEVERE: So how can we tell if she is made of wood?

FIRST VILLAGER: Make a bridge out of her.

BEDEVERE: Ah ... but can you not also make bridges out of stone?

ALL: Ah. Yes, of course ... um ... err ...

BEDEVERE: Does wood sink in water?

ALL: No, no, It floats. Throw her in the pond Tie weights on her. To the pond.

BEDEVERE: Wait. Wait ... tell me, what also floats on water?

ALL: Bread? No, no, no. Apples .... gravy ... very small rocks ...

ARTHUR: A duck.

They all turn and look at ARTHUR.

BEDEVERE looks up very impressed.

BEDEVERE: Exactly. So... logically ...

FIRST VILLAGER (beginning to pick up the thread): If she ... weighs the same as a duck ... she's made of wood.

BEDEVERE: And therefore?

ALL: A witch! ... A duck! A duck! Fetch a duck.

FOURTH VILLAGER: Here is a duck, Sir Bedevere.

BEDEVERE: We shall use my largest scales.

He leads them a few yards to a very strange contraption indeed, made of wood and rope and leather. They put the girl in one pan and the duck in another. Each pan is supported by a wooden stave. Bedevere checks each pan then ... Arthur looks on with interest.

BEDEVERE: Remove the supports.

Two PEASANTS knock them away with sledge hammers. The GIRL and the duck swing slightly but balance perfectly.

ALL: A witch! A witch!

WITCH: It's a fair cop.

All: Burn her! Burn her! Let's make her into a ladder. ------

As Sir Bedevere heads off on the grail quest with Arthur, the villagers’ preparations continue until the Fool joins the scene. The Fool, looking glumly at Spring Brook, exclaims, “No! We need a bridge!” So the villagers went back to the bridge idea.

You’ll find the stamp commemorating the weighing of the witch and the duck near the foot bridge on the trail north of the beginning of the winter trail in the park on Carver’s Rock Road.

With the bridge on your right, turn left and head uphill on the small path. At the top go to the second fallen tree on the left and search in the root end.

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