Study Guide

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 1

  • We enter a foggy, hilly scene and hear the hoof beats of a horse rising behind the nearest crest.
  • Oh, it turns out it's one dude pretending to ride a horse and the other banging two coconuts together to sound like hoofbeats. The first man is King Arthur of Camelot, and the second is his servant Patsy.
  • They come upon a castle wall and speak to a man to ask for audience with his lord. They're on a search for knights to join Arthur's court.
  • But the man is more interested in the coconuts, insisting that, as they are not tropical and are too heavy to be carried by a migratory bird like a European swallow, it would have been impossible for Arthur and Patsy to simply "find" them.
  • Arthur can see he's not getting anywhere so he takes off.

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