Posted by Marcia on January 16, 1998 at 10:15:21:
In Reply to: Speaking of sinking ships.......... posted by Elaine on January 16, 1998 at 09:52:48:
: No one has mentioned the good major in a while. So, was he really a pompous jerk? Or an honorable, loyal, nationalistic Brit who showed in the end what he was made of?
: I say he had a few admirable qualities!
I agree, Elaine. He definitely had some admirable qualities, not the least of which was a sense of loyalty to what he had been taught to believe was his duty. I have always felt that Duncan meant well, but just didn't understand the world in which he suddenly found himself. No one here was playing by his rules, as it were. I believe he truly loved Cora, could not understand her fascination with this "uncouth" frontiersman, and thought he was being loyal to the crown when he lied about Cameron's cabin. And Bill put it very well in his reply to your question. He learned (the hard way) and acted bravely by the end of the story, though sacrificing himself was part of still doing his duty, as he saw it. As an officer and a gentleman, he could hardly have done differently, by that time. And don't forget how bravely he fought at every attack...no coward, for sure. Remember him standing with sword in hand in front of Cora & Alice at the ambush...ready to die defending them to the end. Yes, I'd say he had some admirable qualities, indeed.
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