Posted by Aragorn from dval18.nque.com on December 23, 1997 at 20:01:39:
In Reply to: Re: A theory on Grail Lore for you archaeologists posted by Henry Jones, Jr. on December 23, 1997 at 13:30:37:
: : : Final verdict: Both the water and the fake cups were cursed/poisoned. Why take chances?
: : I disagree. :) It was not a simple guessing-game, where the water/cup was poisoned as the penalty for losing, and if you picked the lucky cup, you got to live, and get your picture taken with Vanna White.
: : Rather, it was the life-giving power resident in the Grail itself that made it so special. By that argument, it is possible that the water was poisoned, but I think that the enchantment in that temple worked both ways, where choosing the wrong cup (due to haste and greed) results in death.
: : Tinman
: I would agree with Tinman. The crux of the matter is what is
: believed. Obviously, you could sincerely believe that
: you were drinking from the right cup, when in fact you were not, and
: you would, as Donovan said, "go the way of the dodo." But, at the
: same time, I think that the water was indeed normal, but that it was
: the Grail which gave life.
: In reference to the "pour water in all the cups until you find the
: right one" theory, while doing that would have certainly worked, the
: problem still remained that someone would have to drink from
: the cup before anyone would know if it was real or false. Besides,
: Donovan's loyalty wasn't to Hitler. HE wanted the Grail for himself
: and it's my opinion that he would not have allowed anyone else to
: taste from a cup that may (or may not) have been the Grail.
: Henry Jones, Jr.
Of course, the water in the container had been there for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, and was by the time of the movie probably stale and undrinkable.
That alone should leave the ability to drink impossible without the use of the Grail.
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