Posted by Myrrh on September 22, 1997 at 12:10:15:
In Reply to: Re: Those pesky bedrolls/trivia posted by Jo on September 22, 1997 at 00:47:44:
My guess is he didn't have another shirt to change into. He might have regarded extra clothes as just so much fluff! (Of course, Uncas HAD a change of shirts because he has a number of lovely young Indian women around New York and Can-Tuck-ee pining after him, and when the trio passes through on their travels, the girls give hand-made shirts to him, no?)
My mother used to say, when trying to get us into the tub, "clean clothes don't go on a dirty body!" Maybe this applies the other way around too? It appears from the clean hair that Hawkeye may have bathed at the fort but put on the same old clothes. We might admonish him, "Dirty clothes don't go on a clean body!"
Or maybe he hung out in a half-barrel tub of water in the men's sleeping quarters, sudsing up with the soapbark, while some kind-hearted, hard-working frontier woman boiled and dried his clothes for him? (This had to have been between covering for the courier and going out in search of Cora - kind of a tight timeline!)
Or maybe the dip in the river was enough of a bath for him AND his clothes...
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