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Posted by Greg on January 21, 1998 at 20:14:26:
In response to A Capitalist under every mattress!, written by Greg on January 19, 1998 at 22:46:01
...Henry's father(Anthony Hopkins or Bernard Hill), is a frustrated entrepreneur who's tried everything from selling life insurance to real estate, but has never quite made it. His wife(Juliet Stevenson or [fill-in-the-blank]) divorced him several years ago because of his shady dealings - she and Henry are kindred spirits - very "literary"). Dad wants Henry to get a life instead of being a professional student - "the world's your oyster, boy!" - and thinks Catherine's just another nice airhead like his wife - until he discovers that her brother's a Harvard Business School wiz-kid, and the wheels start turning. Dad's got an idea for a Russian land-reclamation scam, and he gets Catherine's brother to use a new database program he wrote to demonstrate "their chance to write their own ticket"...
Meanwhile, Henry's taken up the annoying habit of inviting the gardener - a fairly recent emigre from one of the formerly communist countries - into the library to discuss their favorite subject: Shakespeare, or, Sherlock Holmes quoting Shakespeare, or, English lit in general(Henry's getting him interested in Austen). But dad is hotter than ever to get the Russian business going - especially when he discovers that John speaks fluent Russian - and even more ticked at Henry for "making love to your books". Problem is, the Russians are not making it easy: everyone either is suspicious or wants a piece of the action. Until, as fate would have it, John runs into Henry and the gardener, and starts talking to him in his native tongue - Russian! John is struck(whether he likes it or not) by this man's unrelenting fascination for English lit. Well, to cut to the chase, it would seem Valentin is not alone among Russians in his love of the classics, and when Catherine hears that one of her friends is trying to start a book chain in Russia, but can't get financing for such a big risk.... Henry suggests that John come to the rescue with his computer savvy to propose a low-capital investment means of distributing English classics in Eastern Europe, and convinces dad to join him. "Well", dad thinks, "Henry has finally 'gotten off his arse' ", and even his new fiance Catherine can't be all bad if she knows people like the would-be bookseller! Any reviews of my script idea?
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