The final step in the process of reduction is Unicorn's complete alteration: Schmendrick commits one of the most horrible deeds in the entire book--he traps an immortal soul in a mortal body.
Unicorn is saved only thanks to the human body she is given by Schmendrick.
On her journey to the castle she teams up with Schmendrick and Molly Grue.
I would pair Schmendrick (from Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn) and Susan Sto Helit (from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series).
Schmendrick and Susan contrast and complement each other.
Being a pale, translucent, unphotosynthesized schmendrick
didn't matter as long as you were smart and funny.
Along the way she meets a magician named Schmendrick, a barmaid named Molly, and a cast of characters who cannot seem to recognize what the creature truly is beyond merely a beautiful horse.
Characters are aptly named, such as Schmendrick, the bumbling fool, or Haggard, the old and weary king.
During the late '60s and early '70s, one of the riddles to the universe was how in the heck someone like the world-class schmendrick
Henry Kissinger could be seen with a bevy of beautiful women on his arm, including Jill St.
Rhys Meyers will play Schmendrick
the Magician in the movie along with a host of Hollywood superstars, including Christopher Lee and Angela Lansbury.
He did not call any of them a chazzer, chutzpenik, draikop, ganef, k'vatsh, nudnik, ongeblozzener, oysvurf, potzevateh, pustunpasnik, schmendrick
, shikker, shlub, shmegegi, shmok, shnook, traifnyak, trombenik, yold, yukel, zhlob or zhulik (terms of endearment he apparently reserved for melt), and indeed Yale expressed the greatest respect and affection for those who engaged him in these rhetorical rhubarbs.
Since I daylight as a pedagogue, getting into heavy textual discussions with any schmendrick
who can get into a seminar, my ethical high road has more than a slight odor of the world's oldest profession.
The unicorn is almost defeated by the Bull in their first encounter, but Schmendrick saves her by transforming her into a human woman, whom they call the Lady Amalthea.
According to Schmendrick, "the land was green and soft once, before Haggard came, but he touched it and it withered" (4:42).
To the once-immortal being, it is a cage, like the cage she is trapped in when Mommy Fortuna appeared as Elli, and she demands of Schmendrick, "Why did you not let the Bull kill me?